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Met Office issues first ever extreme heat warning – follow UK heatwave live

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Hottest day of the year in England and Wales with heatwave set to last

The Met Office has issued its first ever extreme heat warning as scorching temperatures persist across the UK.

The warning will impact a large part of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England.

The Met Office warns that very hot weather, like that the UK has seen over the weekend and beyond, can impact health, infrastructure and businesses. They introduced the system of issuing red and amber warnings for extreme heat last month.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year for Scotland and Northern Ireland – which recorded its highest temperature ever – while Sunday was the hottest day for England and Wales.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said that the heat could reach 32C in parts of the Midlands, London, the south west and south east of England this afternoon.

The heatwave is expected to continue in coming days, the Met Office has confirmed, but drizzle in the north and showers in the south are possible. Warnings of thunderstorms in coming days have also been issued.

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The UK is waking up to another hot day after a tropical night and the hottest days of the year so far across the weekend. Follow along live for all the latest updates on the heatwave scorching the nation.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 07:58

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Today’s forecast: Sunny spells and the odd shower

The UK woke up to rapidly lifting temperatures once again after a hot weekend.

The heat is set to continue across much of the UK, peaking at 28C between 3-5pm in London.

Cardiff is set to see 30C weather in the same period, while temperatures in Scotland are lower – settling in the teens and early twenties.

Low cloud and drizzle will affect the coasts across the north of the UK, the Met Office forecasts, with sunshine inland.

Showers should be expected in the south in the afternoon.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 08:33

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What is a heatwave?

When does hot weather become a heatwave?

In the UK, heatwaves are declared when temperatures meet particular thresholds for three days in a row.

These thresholds vary by area because, in a heatwave, temperatures must be high relative to the expected conditions of that place at that time of year.

So, for example, the minimum for London is 28C but in Edinburgh the minimum is 25C.

These conditions were met in numerous parts of the UK over the weekend and the Met Office confirmed that a heatwave is underway.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 09:07

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UK heatwave: Can you legally leave work if it becomes too hot?

All remaining lockdown restrictions in England have eased, which means people are no longer being urged to work from home if they are able to.

But the lifting of the work-from-home order comes amid a heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 31.6C on the hottest day of the year on Sunday.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 09:22

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How to keep your house cool in a heatwave

As the heatwave lingers, it’s important to know how to keep your home cool, especially if you do not have air-conditioning.

From closing your windows during the day to building your own DIY AC, here is what you can do to lower the temperature in your home.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 09:35

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Tropical night recorded in Dorset

What is a tropical night?

In the UK, a tropical night is defined as being a night in which the temperature doesn’t fall below 20C.

Such nights are rare, although they appear to be getting more frequent.

Last night, temperatures remained at at least 20C throughout the night on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

The tiny island in the English Channel is connected to the mainland by Chesil Beach.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 10:06

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Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 10:21

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It’s safe to say that we Brits are poorly equipped to deal with hot weather. Without air con in our homes, when summer arrives it can be a nightmare trying to cool down, other than resorting to a cold shower every hour.

It’s arguably even worse now that many of us are continuing to work from home, so can’t take advantage of a cool office.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 11:02

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Could today be the hottest day of the year?

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far in England and Wales – but could today be even hotter?

According to the Met Office, temperatures could hit 32C in London and other parts of the south east of England this afternoon.

This would bust the current record of 31.6C recorded in Heathrow. Wales, meanwhile, experienced 30.2C heat in Cardiff.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 11:34

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When will the heatwave end?

The UK’s sweltering heatwave is predicted to continue until the weekend.

Today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to climb to a high of 32C.

Temperatures could reach a maximum of 32C in parts of the Midlands, London, the south west and the south east of England, with the possibility of the “odd shower” later, Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell has said.

Joanna Taylor19 July 2021 11:54

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