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Hot and sunny today. Met Office issue Level 2 Heat Health Watch warning.

Locks at Longwood in Walsall. Photo: Graham Sharrard

There's a good chance that it could turn out to be the hottest day of the year so far for the ITV Central region, and a Level 2 Heat Health Watch warning has been issued by the Met Office.

We notched up 28c on July 7th through many parts of the region, including Pershore and Coton in the Elms, but today the mercury could soar to 30c 86f. Temperatures at midday reached 27.3c in Sutton Bonington and Nottingham, just shy of 28c in Pershore, and highs in the SW of England are already up to 29c, so it looks like the mantle of "hottest day of the year so far" is ours for the taking today.

Each region has a specific regional heatwave threshold value and - in our case - a Heat Health Watch is triggered when two consecutive days' temperatures hit 30c with an overnight minimum of more than 15c.

The risk of this being reached in the West Midlands is 50%, nearer 70% in the East Midlands.

Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

UV levels are moderate to high today as ozone has been impacting on it a little.

Lots of sun around for the rest of the day, the risk of cloud bubbling up later on which gives the E and NE of the region a 20-30% risk of a shower. This from mid-afternoon onwards. Hit and miss if you get one though, and away from that, hazy sun, best of the rays to the S and W.

Don't forget, lots of suncream, drink lots of water and non-alcoholic fluids. Don't stay out in the sun too long and keep pets inside or in the shade. Maybe hose pets down gently with cool water before and after going for a walk - or even let them plodge in your paddling pool! Please do not leave pets, children or elderley or vulnerable people unattended in caravans, conservatories or cars - not even with the windows down.

Heat kills.

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