Heatwave alert issued as temperatures set to reach 29 degrees in London and Surrey

Richmond and Twickenham Times: It's set to get very hot by Friday. It's set to get very hot by Friday.

The Government's public health service has issued a heatwave warning as temperatures creep towards the 30 degrees Celsius mark in London and Surrey this week.

Public Health England's Level 2 Health warning is triggered when the Met Office forecasts that conditions will remain hot for long enough to be potentially harmful.

The heatwave period is expected to start on Thursday evening and go into Friday daytime and through until Saturday daytime.

Temperatures reached 26 degrees in parts of southwest London today and are forecast to reach 29C on Friday. 

Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE), said: "While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses."

He added: "To prepare for any type of hot weather this summer, we strongly encourage each locality to consider the actions in this plan and adapt them to their local situation, as a component of wider resilience planning and long-term climate change adaptation arrangements.

"Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.

"Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible."

Steve Ramsdale, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "We’ve got hot and humid air moving up from the continent which will see temperatures rise through to the weekend, with some high day and night-time temperatures expected by Friday.

"The humidity will make it feel close, muggy and uncomfortable for many in the heat and people should take steps to keep cool – particularly across the areas where we have issued a heat health alert.

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves."

Many members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the current period of Ramadan. The NHS and the Muslim Council of Britain has published information for those affected.

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PHE's top advice for being sun safe:

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm;
  • apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection;
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes;
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf;
  • drink lots of cool drinks;
  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses;
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals 

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3:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ANNE GILES says...

Anyone would think we were in the Sahara desert from this article. I am loving every minute. Mid morning coffee in the sun, lunch in the sun, afternoon drink in the sun, play with dog in the sun. 30 degrees is not that hot. How about the 40 degrees I was brought up with in Argentina?
Anyone would think we were in the Sahara desert from this article. I am loving every minute. Mid morning coffee in the sun, lunch in the sun, afternoon drink in the sun, play with dog in the sun. 30 degrees is not that hot. How about the 40 degrees I was brought up with in Argentina? ANNE GILES
  • Score: -13

4:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

unebalam says...

I think the point of the article is that everyone will respond to the heat differently and if you are lucky enough to be in a position to enjoy the temperatures please be aware other people might not be so lucky and to be mindful of each others welfare.
If you are in the sun as much as you say you are I hope you are using adequate sun protection such as sun hat and sun cream or else you might not be so happy later when you turn bright red and very sore....
I think the point of the article is that everyone will respond to the heat differently and if you are lucky enough to be in a position to enjoy the temperatures please be aware other people might not be so lucky and to be mindful of each others welfare. If you are in the sun as much as you say you are I hope you are using adequate sun protection such as sun hat and sun cream or else you might not be so happy later when you turn bright red and very sore.... unebalam
  • Score: 28

2:26pm Thu 17 Jul 14

kingstonpaul says...

I don't get the point of these idiotic alerts. Just symptomatic of the rampant nannying of the populous, with its officious pronouncements stating the bleeding' obvious. Frankly, anyone who hasn't fathomed already that it's getting warm, really shouldn't be allowed out.
I don't get the point of these idiotic alerts. Just symptomatic of the rampant nannying of the populous, with its officious pronouncements stating the bleeding' obvious. Frankly, anyone who hasn't fathomed already that it's getting warm, really shouldn't be allowed out. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Thu 17 Jul 14

RollT123 says...

Don't you just love being nannied.
Don't you just love being nannied. RollT123
  • Score: -2

1:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

ANNE GILES says...

A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all.
A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all. ANNE GILES
  • Score: 2

10:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Twotonted says...

What a sad indictment of our education system, that it is deemed necessary to issue these trivial warnings!
It is warm by UK standards, big deal! Use your common sense!
What a sad indictment of our education system, that it is deemed necessary to issue these trivial warnings! It is warm by UK standards, big deal! Use your common sense! Twotonted
  • Score: 0

12:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

CaptainJustice says...

ANNE GILES wrote:
A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all.
Why dont you go and live in Argentina if you think it's so great? oh i forgot, it is full of crime! lol Glad they lost to Germany in the world cup! lurved it!
[quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all.[/p][/quote]Why dont you go and live in Argentina if you think it's so great? oh i forgot, it is full of crime! lol Glad they lost to Germany in the world cup! lurved it! CaptainJustice
  • Score: 1

5:41am Fri 25 Jul 14

fn1234 says...

ANNE GILES wrote:
A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all.
Lol, "nude is rude", I've never used that phrase before but will now!
[quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: A lot of people in the U.K. don't know how to deal with hot weather. I have a cold shower in the morning and another one at night. Try suggesting that to an English person. "Aarrgghh" is usually the answer - terrified of getting cold. Oh dear. Ask them to swim in an unheated open air pool. "Aarrgghh" again! Try suggesting they lay off alcohol or hot drinks. Oh no, poor things. Take your duvet off, sleep in the nude - "Oh dear, nude is rude". We have an air cooler and two electric fans here - never too hot at all.[/p][/quote]Lol, "nude is rude", I've never used that phrase before but will now! fn1234
  • Score: 0
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