Public Health England has declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert as the Met Office forecast potential heatwave conditions.
This warning is triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health.
During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.
The Heatwave Plan also points out that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too especially at night.
Because this heatwave period is expected to start this evening (Thursday) and go into Friday daytime and through until Saturday daytime Public Health England is stressing the importance of keeping homes cool.