The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has today (Thursday, July 7) issued a Level 2 heat-health alert in three regions of the country: The East of England, South East and London regions.

The alert is in place from 9:00a.m on Monday, July 11, until 9:00a.m on Friday, July 15.

It comes after the Met Office forecasted high temperatures throughout next week.

“We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales, that could last for much of next week," Met Office deputy chief meteorologist David Oliver said today.

"In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s over the weekend, and then in the low 30s during the start of next week. Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year as well as dry and sunny.” 

Commenting on the forecast, Dr. Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA said:

"We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared for the warm conditions ahead.

"High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat, such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly."

For farmers, it is imperative to prepare for this weather for the business too- to ensure there is adequate water, and properly-working water facilities, for grass, crops and animals.

It may be advisable to prepare housing facilities for shade too.

And, farmers must not forget self-protection. Farmers and outdoor workers are exposed to two to three more UV radiation that indoor workers, putting them at higher risk of skin cancer, according to Healthy Ireland.

With that in mind, it is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing.