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A full interview with Helen Chivers, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office in Exeter. She explains what the heatwave warning means for the South West, how common they are, and how long it is likely to last.
A new hot weather warning has been issued for the South West. As temperatures show no sign of easing up, the Met Office has raised the heatwave alert in the region from a level 2 to a level 3.
Now there are warnings about the risk to people's health - particularly the elderly.
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.