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Amber heatwave alert issued

25 July 2018

While the United Kingdom is sometimes mocked for being bad at dealing with hot weather, these heat health warnings are far from UK-exclusive.

The amber warning is issued when threshold temperatures for one or more regions have been reached for one day and then the following night, with the forecast for the next day indicates a 90 percent chance of the threshold being met.

A level three heat health watch alert is still in place for much of the east and south-east of England.

- Met Office issues yellow weather warning for rain and thunderstormsYellow and Amber warnings represent a range of impact levels and likelihoods, which can include damage to property, travel delays and cancellations, loss of water supplies and power cuts.

Cavendish, in Suffolk, was the hotspot on Tuesday with the temperature reaching 31.4C (88.5F), 23C (42.1F) higher than the lowest temperature recorded, at Drumnadrochit, near Loch Ness in the Highlands, at 8C (46.4F).

The grass on Hampstead Heath is suffering after weeks without rain
The grass on Hampstead Heath is suffering after weeks without rainTIMES

Sleeping is likely to remain hard as the warm and humid nights continue until Thursday, when there is a chance of thunderstorms overnight.

With a chance of hail and strong winds alongside the torrential downpours, the temperature could drop back to the high 20s, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

The recent warm weather of late is set to continue this week, with temperatures on the rise and Blackpool is expected to see highs of 25C towards the end of the week.

There is also a 30% chance that the record for the hottest July day of 36.7C (98F), recorded at Heathrow in 2015, could be broken.

The longest run of days with no rain at all this summer so far is 48 days at Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, since June 5. "Parts of southern England have seen only six per cent".

Amber heatwave alert issued