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Stay cool call as heatwave warning over significant impact on health
6:00am Saturday 13th July 2013 in Devon
It seems like only weeks ago the Met Office were warning of wild wet windy weather, however now a warning has been issued over fears that the ongoing heatwave will have a significant impact on health.
This weekend is set to bring the hottest day of the year so far, with weather experts predicting temperatures could reach a sizzling 30C.
The mercury already began to creep up to the high-20s on Friday and as the continued hot spell shows no sign of ending, with temperatures in the mid-20s well into next week, a "Level 2 Heat Health Alert" has been issued by the Met Office for parts of England.
A spokesman for Public Health England (PHE) said: "Level 2 alerts are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.
"This will normally happen two to three days before a heatwave is expected to occur. As most deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave."
The areas affected by the alert are the South West as well as Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, East of England and south-east England.
Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.
Dr Angie Bone, head of the PHE's Heatwave Plan, said: "Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. The elderly and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it's important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible."
Watch out for traffic trouble as well, with the RAC estimating more than 11 million motorists were planning to hit the road this weekendmany heading to popular spots in Devon and Cornwall.
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