Double heatwave health alert for people with heart, lung and asthma conditions

A double heatwave warning has been issued as we brace for another scorcher.

Temperatures of 35C and above have been forecast in parts of England for four days.

A Met Office amber warning covers most of England and Wales, from tomorrow (August 11) until Sunday (August 14).

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It comes as the UK Health Security Agency issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert to warn people with heart, lung and asthma conditions to take precautions.

There is also a renewed risk of wildfires in tinder-dry conditions as 15million households are braced for a hosepipe ban after leaky Thames Water said it was planning to announce one.

To cap it all, fire brigades are stretched to breaking point.

Tony Wardle, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said: “The hottest areas are expected in central and southern England and Wales on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures could peak at 35C, or even 36C on Saturday.”

There are fears the heat will buckle rail tracks and wreck buildings, while a huge spike in sickies could cost the economy millions.

Officials are also braced for increases in fire and water-related incidents as Brits pull out barbecues and head to water to cool off.

The Fire Brigades Union begged people to take care, with national officer Riccardo la Torre warning a “severe lack” of manpower meant services “don’t have the firefighters to relieve crews on the ground”.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, of the UKHSA, said we should help others who struggle to stay hydrated.

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“It’s important to ensure people who are vulnerable – elderly people and people with health conditions – are prepared,” she said.


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