Heatwave alert upgraded for South West

The Met Office has raised heatwave alerts in South West England as the sunshine and soaring temperatures continue.

The South West has been elevated from level 2 to level 3, putting the region on a par with the South East and London

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Heatwave alert upgraded for the South West

Met Office upgrades the heatwave alert in the south West Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The Met Office has raised heatwave alerts in South West England as the sunshine and soaring temperatures show no sign of abating.

The South West and the West Midlands have been elevated from level 2 to level 3, putting the regions on a par with the South East and London.

The Met Office said in an update this morning that there is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions between 9am today and 9pm tomorrow in parts of England.

The country experienced the hottest day of the year so far yesterday, with the mercury hitting 32.2C (90F).

Temperatures are expected to hit 30C (86F) again today, according to MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.