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Heat health alert level raised in Surrey and Hampshire as temperatures set to climb further

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Heat health alert level raised in Surrey and Hampshire as temperatures set to climb further

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 11:48am 25th June 2020. (Updated at 12:12pm 25th June 2020)

The heat health alert has been raised to level 3 across Surrey and Hampshire as temperatures are set to reach record highs for the year for the second day running.

The current heatwave this week has already seen a record for 2020 of  32.6°C recorded at Heathrow yesterday - the  forecast for today is for even higher temperatures.

Places like Farnborough could reach 33°C while it is predicted the national high could peak at 34°C. 

Britain could also see its highest UV levels ever recorded today - we are warned to stay out of the sun around midday.

The heat health warning system is described by the Met Office as a "forewarning of periods of high temperatures which may affect the health of the UK public."

It is designed to help social and healthcare services manage during periods of extreme heat.

Yesterday it was at level 2 (yellow) - "triggered when 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" according to the Met Office.

It warns that social health services should be "alert" and ready to take action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Now it has been raised to level 3 (amber) - the Met Office says "there is a 90% probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 0800 on Thursday and 2100 on Friday in parts of England."

This level alert is triggered when it "confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90% confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met."

It means social and health services are required "to target specific action at high-risk groups."

At the level 3 stage we are advised to look out for others, especially older people and young children and babies and people with underlying health conditions, for whom extreme heat can be dangerous.

The latest alert comes as a thunderstorm warning goes up in Surrey and Hampshire later this afternoon

The Met Office says some areas could get torrential rain, while others could stay dry.

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.