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Westminster Council helps residents through heatwave

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.

People cool down in the fountain at Trafalgar Square, London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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.”

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Report: Blaze alert on Hampstead Heath with heatwave

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".

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