UK to be hotter than LA at 28C as heat-health warning issued

The UK will be hotter than Los Angeles, Marbella and Santorini today (July 8) as temperatures hit 28C by the afternoon, heralding a string of sunny days.

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London, the South East and East of England will see highs of 28C and 26C today, while temperatures in the South West, Midlands and North West will be slightly cooler at 25C.

A level two heat warning was issued ahead of the heatwave (Picture: Getty Images)

Extreme temperature health warning

The warning is in effect from 9am Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July and will cover the East of England, South East and London regions.

A Level 2 alert is triggered when there is a 60% risk of temperature thresholds being reached in one or more regions for at least two consecutive days and the night in between.

For an official Met Office heatwave, specific temperature thresholds based on a given region must be met for three consecutive days.

The last heatwave in the UK was three weeks ago, with June 17 being the hottest day of the year so far, at almost 33C.

David Oliver, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said: “We are at the start of a warm spell of weather for much of England and Wales which could last for much of next week.

“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius over the weekend and temperatures in the low 30s Celsius early next week.

“Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year as well as dry and sunny.”

Today is expected to be dry and sunny across England and Wales, with warm weather set to continue over the weekend and into early next week. Slightly cooler temperatures and some cloud and light rain may occur in the North West.

Recognize symptoms in the heat

The UKHSA is urging people to exercise caution in the heat and be aware of the common signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes, but if it turns into heat exhaustion it needs to be treated as an emergency NHS says.

The main warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and nausea
  • excessive sweating and sallow, clammy skin
  • Cramps in arms, legs and stomach
  • rapid breathing or pulse
  • a high temperature of 38 ° C or higher
  • be very thirsty
Heatstroke can be very serious if not treated quickly (Photo: Adobe)

Symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children can become limp and sleepy.

If you notice any of the symptoms, it is a sign that your body needs cooling.

Drinking plenty of water and applying it to the skin helps, as well as going to a cool, shady place, lying down, and elevating your feet slightly.

If you are not feeling better and are showing any of the following signs, you should call 999 immediately:

  • Feeling unwell after resting in a cool place for 30 minutes and drinking plenty of water
  • don’t sweat, even if it’s too hot
  • a high temperature of 40 ° C or higher
  • rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • be confused
  • a fit (fit)
  • loss of consciousness
  • busy

These symptoms are all signs that you may be suffering from heat stroke, which can be very serious if not treated quickly:

To prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, the NHS recommends:

  • drink a lot of cold drinks, especially when exercising
  • take cool baths or showers
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Spraying water on skin or clothing
  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol
  • Avoiding extreme training

These tips will also help keep your body from drying out and keep you cool.