07:28 July 11, 2022
Norfolk could witness the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to reach perhaps over 33C in parts of the country today.
The searing heat has prompted the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) to upgrade an earlier health warning to level 3 (amber) for the east of England, which calls for action to be taken to keep groups at high risk.
According to a spokesperson for Weatherquest, Monday and Tuesday will see the peak of this week’s heat wave, but there are signs that mercury levels will “rise” again by Sunday and the start of next week. .
Meteorologist Chris Bell said: “Today’s temperatures are forecast to reach 29-30C for most of Norfolk and it will be a warm sunny day.
“The peak heat for this first episode of the heat wave will likely arrive tomorrow, with highs of 31-32c expected.
“It will remain warm for the rest of the week but temperatures will drop into the mid 20s but the heat will potentially rise into the 30s by the weekend and into Monday next week.”
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Parts of the country will be warmer than some of the world’s best beach destinations, including parts of Jamaica, the Maldives and the Bahamas, with warm weather expected to last well into the weekend.
The level three UKHSA alert is in place from Monday July 11 to Friday July 15.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “Heat and health alerts have now been issued across the majority of the country with temperatures expected to remain consistently high throughout through next week.
“Most of us can take advantage of the warm weather when it arrives, but it’s important to stay hydrated and find shade where possible when the UV rays are strongest, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. .
“If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbors, make sure they know how they can protect themselves from the hot weather.”
Tips for staying cool
- Beware of people who struggle to keep cool and hydrated – the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
- Stay cool inside by closing the curtains in rooms that face the sun – and remember that it can be cooler outside than inside
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Never leave anyone in a closed and parked vehicle, especially babies, young children or pets
- Check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
- Try not to go out in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV rays are strongest
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you must go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion during the hottest hours of the day
- Be sure to take water with you if you are traveling
- Take care and be sure to follow local safety advice if you go into the water to cool off
- Check that the drugs can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging