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Met Office issues yellow heat alert for six days as UK set to swelter

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The Met Office has issued an urgent yellow heat warning for nearly a week as Britain braces for more sweltering heat. All regions of England have been placed under the heat alert until Monday June 19 at 9am.

As per the new heat alert system, introduced by UKHSA and the Met Office, a yellow alert has several potential consequences. 

These include an increased strain on the NHS among vulnerable groups, along with an elevated health risk for individuals aged 65 and above, as well as those with pre-existing health conditions like respiratory and cardiovascular ailments. 

Furthermore, there exists the possibility of indoor spaces, including healthcare and care facilities, becoming excessively warm.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: “In the coming days we are likely to experience our first sustained period of hot weather of the year so far, so it’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.

“Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

“If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important you check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.”

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