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Heatwave Warning Issued For Rest Of Week
Heatwave conditions will affect parts of England later this week, with officials warning people to take precautions as the mercury hits 30C.
The warning comes as the Met Office issued a Level 2 heat alert for parts of the South East, London, east of England and the Midlands.
Today is forecast to be the country's hottest day so far this year, with temperatures of up to 30C, while Friday is expected to be nearly as hot.
A Level 2 warning is triggered when the Met Office forecasts a 60% or higher chance of consecutive daily temperatures having a significant impact on health.
Health experts at Public Health England, which issued a heatwave alert, urged people to be careful remaining outdoors in the hottest part of the day and avert dehydration by drinking cool liquids.
Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the higher temperatures, so even indoors they should remain in cool areas.
Chris England, Sky News weather producer, said: "It'll turn hotter in the south over the next couple of days as humid air moves in from the very warm continent, with temperatures of over 30C (86F) likely in parts of the south by Friday.
"The humidity will make it uncomfortable for many, and there is a health risk, so people should take care to keep cool."
The heatwave warning is due to take effect late on Thursday and carry through until Saturday, when heavy rain is expected.
A warning was also issued for members of the Muslim community fasting during the current period of Ramadan to drink enough water.