Weekend heatwave warning

The Met Office have issued a warning as temperatures are expected to climb close to heatwave thresholds this weekend.

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  1. Malcolm Shaw

Heatwave warning for the South

The South is bracing itself for the hottest day of the year tomorrow. Forecasters say temperatures will soar to 31 degrees Celsius - nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The Met Office has issued a 'Heat Health Alert', warning people to take extra care of themselves.

The heatwave is good news for the tourist trade. Hotels and guest houses are reporting record last-minute bookings. But, the sunshine can also bring danger. Malcolm Shaw reports.

  1. Malcolm Shaw

Heatwave warning for the South East

The South East is bracing itself for the hottest day of the year tomorrow. Forecasters say temperatures will soar to 31 degrees Celsius.

That is nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The Met Office has issued a Heat Health Alert, warning people to take extra care of themselves.

The heatwave is great news for the tourist trade and for the Kent County Show which started today. Hotels and guest houses are also reporting record last-minute bookings. But the sunshine can also bring danger. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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Heatwave forecast: how to stay cool and safe

This weekend will bring the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures set to reach a sizzling 31C (87.8F) tomorrow, weather experts have predicted.

The NHS have issued some advice on how to stay cool and safe this weekend.

  • Don't go outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day
  • Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity
  • Help others: check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves
  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well
  • Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass, or by closing light-coloured curtains
  • People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, make sure you have enough medicines in stock

More details can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Motorcyclists urged to stay safe in the warm weather

Kent Police is urging motorcyclists to stay safe as more riders are anticipated to take to the roads during the warmer weather. Officers are advising bikers to prepare their motorcycles and drive carefully throughout the motorcycle season.

It’s likely more motorcyclists will be enjoying the Kent countryside as the summer months continue and I’d urge all riders to check the condition of their bikes before starting their journey. I’d also advise all riders to wear protective clothing even throughout the warmer days. Motorcyclists can be particularly vulnerable when involved in a collision and our priority is to reduce the number killed and seriously injured on our roads."

– Inspector Paul Sellwood, of the Roads Policing Unit

Hottest day of the year forecast

It's certainly going to be a very hot weekend with lots of sunshine.

Temperatures are predicted to reach at least 31C on Saturday, which will make it the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures will drop a few degrees on Sunday into next week but we can't see any sign of the hot weather changing over the next week.

It's been a very hot start to July, and it's likely to last a while longer, for the next one or two weeks."

– Tom Tobler, forecaster with MeteoGroup

Met Office issue alert as heatwave expected

This weekend will bring the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures set to reach a sizzling 31C (87.8F) tomorrow, weather experts have predicted.

The Met Office has issued a Heat Health Alert, warning of the likelihood of heatwave conditions today and tomorrow.

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

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