When is the UK heatwave going to end and what are the Met Office heat health levels?

BRITS have been enjoying a sizzling heatwave this week as temperatures will soar to the 30Cs.

The Met Office have issued a Level 3 warning for the heatwave. Here's the everything you need to know.

When will the heatwave end?

The mercury is due to soar to 39C on Thursday, making it the hottest July day ever.

If achieved, it would surpass the current record for a day in July – 36.7C at Heathrow Airport in 2015.

Public Health England has renewed warnings about the heat, urging people to keep hydrated, find shade and take protection against the sun.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "On Thursday we'll see an east and west split with showers in the western parts of England but the eastern parts will look very hot with 36C to 37C."

The Met Office has said a Level 3 heat-health level is in place until Friday, July 26.

Meanwhile, Paris is bracing itself for its hottest ever day as the second heatwave in the space of a few weeks blasts the French capital.

What are the Met Office heat health levels?

The heat-health watch service is run by both the Met Office and Public Health England each year.

There are four levels of responses and is based on an average threshold temperature – 30C by day and 15°C overnight for at least two consecutive days.

The levels are:

  • Level 1 – The minimum alert which is in place every year from June 1 until September 15. This minimum alert simply means that people should be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised.
  • Level 2 – Issued when there is a high chance that the threshold will be exceeded within the next few days
  • Level 3 – Issued when the thresholds have been exceeded
  • Level 4 – Issued when a prolonged hot spell becomes severe


What should I do in a heatwave?

Public Health England says you should:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling

For more tips on beating the heat, follow these six simple tricks to help you cool down in the sun.

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