London is set to bask in the highest temperatures of the year so far today
After several deaths as people try to avoid the heat, emergency services issue essential tips on keeping safe from grass fires and swimming.
This coming week will be hot, and humid at times. Most places will remain dry with some lengthy sunny spells.
Westminster council has said it is deploying extra teams on estates and sheltered blocks to ensure elderly and vulnerable people were not suffering in the heatwave.
A team of 50 staff spent the last 24 hours checking to ensure tenants have enough water, are keeping cool with fans and open windows and are not falling foul of the weather conditions, said the council.
Tony Andrews, Westminster Council’s Emergency Planning Manager said: “We have given out heat safety advice to all of our teams out on the ground and to the care agencies and meals on wheels teams who look after older and vulnerable people.
"They are visiting thousands of people to help them keep well in this extreme weather.”
The dry weather conditions have led to a 400% increase in grass fires compared to last summer, causing problems for emergency services.
Martin Stew reports:
Thames Water has issued an apology to residents of a Forest Hill housing estate, after they were left without water for five days.
Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Mitcham, south London, as grass fires continue to double, the London Fire Brigade said today. The fire is said to be 'under control' now, according to the Brigade's Twitter account.
As Londoners consumer an extra 400 million litres of water every day, families in Forest Hill have been left without a consistent water supply for more than five days.
Piers Hopkirk speaks to Diane Fitzsimons:
The London Fire Brigade has said today that firefighters are dealing with twice as many grass fires in the capital compared with last year, warning that they could rise further unless people act responsibly.
Firefighters are dealing with a grass fire on Mitcham Common off Croydon Road. You can help us prevent these fires http://t.co/XELBfe2SO7
Hampstead Heath is on fire alert after soaring temperatures which resulted in Parliament Hill Lido shutting its doors early for the first time in nearly a decade, the Ham & High is reporting.
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According to the newspaper, around 80,000 people took to the Heath on Saturday and Sunday while the Parliament Hill Lido and bathing ponds had 18,000 swimmers over the two days.
The City of London Corporation spokesman said: “There is a serious fire risk during the current heat wave.
"We are operating a zero-tolerance policy to barbecues – which are a major fire risk on the Heath’s peaty ground – and we would encourage the public to make sure that any cigarettes are fully stubbed out to minimise the danger".