Level 3 heat alert issued for parts of England

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The health authority has announced a yellow health alert for southern and central England from August 9-13

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a yellow heat health alert covering southern and central England from Tuesday midday (9 August) to Saturday (13 August) at 6pm.

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Experts advise people to pay attention to the elderly or those with existing health problems, as well as young children.

The health warning comes after two water companies announced bans on hose lines and warned others they may have to do the same – after the driest eight months from November to June since 1976.

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What does a yellow heat alert mean?

The yellow heat alert “requires social and health services to target specific responses to high-risk groups.”

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Heatwave thresholds that are reached at different temperatures in different parts of the country are likely to be reached in large parts of the country.

Scientists warn that climate change is increasing the likelihood of droughts.

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Climate change is also making heat waves more intense, more frequent and more likely – with last month’s record temperatures at least 10 times more likely due to global warming and “virtually impossible” without them, research shows.

What’s the prognosis?

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The Met Office said temperatures in the coming days will not be as extreme as the record-breaking heat of July, when thermometers soared above 40C.

However, in the central and southern parts of the UK it is still likely to rise to the low to mid 30’s.

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Heatwave thresholds that are reached at different temperatures in different parts of the country are likely to be reached in large parts of the country.

Outside the hottest areas, much of England and Wales and south-east Scotland could see temperatures in the high 20s – with the possibility of temperatures reaching the low 30s in some places, the Met Office said.

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Scotland and Northern Ireland will also see temperatures in the high 20s and could reach official heatwave criteria by Friday (12 August), forecasters said.

What did the Met Office warn?

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The latest heat wave comes after months of little rain that have left the countryside, city parks and gardens dry as a tin.

Households in some areas are being told not to light fires or grill because of the arid land.

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The Met Office’s Fire Severity Index (FSI), a rating of how severe a fire could become if it did break out, is very high for most of England and Wales.

The Met Office said it will be “extraordinary” for part of England by the weekend.

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What was said about the hose bans?

Two water companies announced hose bans and others warned they might have to follow suit.

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This comes after the driest eight months from November to June since 1976 and the driest July on record for parts of southern and eastern England.

Tory leadership leader Liz Truss has spoken out on the issue.

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She told the Daily Express that hose bans “should be a last resort”.

Ms Truss said: “I think we should be tougher on the water companies and that there hasn’t been enough action to stop these years of leaking pipes.

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“I have a lot of problems with my water company in Norfolk, which is a particularly dry area of ​​the country, and these companies need to be held accountable.”

She added, “What worries me is that it appears to be more of a first resort than the water companies dealing with the leaks.”

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