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Met Office warnings for 'hottest day of the year'

Hot weather is expected to last this weekend. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA

England and Wales are preparing to bask in scorching temperatures today as the hottest day of the year so far arrives.

But the heat has prompted warnings from health authorities urging the public to take care in the potentially "dangerous" heatwave conditions.

Temperatures are predicted to get as high as 32C (89.6F) in the south-east, with the majority of England and Wales still sizzling at between 28C (82.4F) and 31C (87.8F0.

ITV Weather Presenter Lucy Verasamy on the weekend weather:

The continued hot spell shows no sign of ending as temperatures are set to remain in the mid to high 20s well into next week.

A warning issued by the Met Office has been escalated to a level three alert for Yorkshire and the Humber after temperatures have already reached heatwave conditions.

Level two alerts are in place across most of England preparing the public for the possibility of heatwave conditions, which it says can have a significant impact on health.

People enjoy the weather on St Stephen's Green, Dublin. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The continued hot spell shows no sign of ending as temperatures settle around the mid-20s well into next week.

A Level 2 Heat Health Alert has been issued by the Met Office for parts of England.

Baby Asian Elephants Nayan, Hari and Bala Hi-Way take a dip in the pool to cool down from the hot weather at Chester Zoo. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A spokesman for Public Health England (PHE) said:

Level 2 alerts are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

This will normally happen two to three days before a heatwave is expected to occur. As most deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

– Public Health England
People enjoy the sunshine on Brighton Beach. Credit: Ruth Lumley/PA Wire

The areas affected by the alert are:

  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • South east England
  • London
  • South west England
Alex the Ruppell's Griffon Vulture is cooled in its enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. Credit: Andrew Milligan /PA Wire

Dr Angie Bone, head of the PHE's Heatwave Plan, said:

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.

The elderly 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.

Marek Czyzowski from London dives into the sea at Brighton beach on Sunday. The recent hot weather is due to continue until this Sunday. Credit: Reuters

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