First ever extreme heat warning issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued its first ever warning for extreme heat in the UK this afternoon.

It will last from today until Thursday, when the current heatwave will end.

An amber warning covers much of the south of England, South West and some of Wales, while a yellow warning covers part of the South East.

The Met Office said: ‘High temperatures both by day and night will continue this week leading to public health impacts.’

They warned that there could be power cuts or loss of services due to heat sensitive equipment.

In addition, the ‘wider population’ are likely to risk sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea and fatigue) and other heat related illnesses.

They said that the heatwave would likely lead to changes in working practices and daily routines being necessary.

With people flocking to beaches, lakes and rivers, an increase in dangerous incidents in the water is also likely.

People have been buying up paddling pools, ice creams and sun cream to try and deal with the warm weather.

Records were set in both England and Wales yesterday, with 31.6C recorded at Heathrow yesterday and 30.2C in Cardiff.

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