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Heat alert issued ahead of scorching temperatures across Surrey and Hampshire

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Heat alert issued ahead of scorching temperatures across Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 8:55am 24th June 2020. (Updated at 9:04am 24th June 2020)

The Met Office has issued a level two heat alert with temperatures set to soar into the thirties in parts of the south this week, including in Surrey and Hampshire.

There are predictions the hottest day of the year could be recorded during the current heatwave - with predictions that the threshold for a heatwave will probably be met or exceeded in our area and elsewhere.

The Met Office defines a heatwave as "an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity".

The heatwave threshold, which varies depending on location, is met when daily maximum temperatures are met or exceeded for three consecutive days.

Heatwaves most commonly appear in summer, when the jet stream is usually to the north of the UK. This allows for high pressure, as well as largely dry and sunny conditions.

Temperatures today are forecast to hit highs of 33°C in the South East, accompanied by sunny and dry conditions.

Tomorrow will also be hot with plenty of sunshine and highs of 31 °C.

The sunshine and dry weather is continuing through to Friday when it is staying warm, but with the chance of isolated thundery heavy showers.

The level two yellow Met Office alert means there is an 80% probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 9am today (24 June) and 9pm on Friday.

Its website this stands for "alert and readiness" and is "triggered as soon as the risk is 60% or above for threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night."

It says at this stage, "social and healthcare services will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave."

It warns that high temperatures can be dangerous for the very young or elderly, and for anyone suffering from chronic health issues. 

Check out the government's heatwave health plan for advice, or contact your doctor or pharmacy, or call 101.

South East Coast Ambulance Service has issued tips on how to cope with the heat, and when to call 999 for an ambulance.

Find the forecast for your local area here.