A stark warning over extreme heat in the UK has been issued ahead of the predicted July heatwave.
A blast of hot weather is expected to hit England from France and the continent later this month and into early July.
Some hopeful predictions suggest the mercury could hit as high as the mid-thirties. But that remains to be seen.
In the run up to the proposed return of the hot weather, it has emerged extreme heat warnings are to be given out after excess deaths soared during last year’s heatwaves.
Heat increases the risk of death because the body must circulate blood faster to keep cool, which can strain the heart and lungs.
The Met Office has launched weather warnings for extreme heat after a record-breaking number of heatwave deaths were recorded in England last summer.
Meteorologists and forecasters are keen to ensure Brits stay vigilant and take precautions.
This comes as Public Health England (PHE) recorded 2,256 excess all-cause deaths in the country during the three periods officially classed as “heatwaves” last summer – the highest number since their records began in 2004.
Dr Will Lang, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said: “We know that heat is becoming much more of an issue… so we will be able to issue what we’re calling ‘extreme heat warnings’ if needed this summer and indeed for subsequent summers.
“These will be considered for the more extreme heat episodes like the one we saw last August, so around 30C by day and 20C by night, and that persisting for a couple of days or more.
“What we’re doing is emphasising the impact on the general population from heat and also the probable disruption to infrastructure – to things like transport and to power networks.”