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Kent weather: Heatwave warning as temperatures set to reach mid 30s posing risk to health

PUBLISHED: 08:13 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:13 19 July 2016

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Scorching temperatures set to drench county in sunshine, but warning as to the risks

A heatwave warning has been announced for Kent, leading to advice by health experts to help vulnerable residents stay safe and well.

The level two alert which is currently in place, is triggered when the Met Office forecasts a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health.

Forecasters predict temperatures into the mid-30s today and it not dropping below 20C overnight.

Kent County Council says as most heat-related deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to make sure people are ready – and swift action can be taken to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Health and social care workers have already identified the people they care for who are most at risk and made plans to protect them if the heatwave happens. Now that a heatwave is forecast, staff will be checking on vulnerable people and making sure steps are taken to protect them.

It also warns residents to be ready for the hot temperatures and to check up on those less able to look after themselves.

KCC director for public health, Andrew Scott-Clark, said: “For many, the hot weather is enjoyable and a blessing but it can cause issues for certain members of the community, such as the old, the very young and those with underlying health problems. When it is hot outside, it is not just about vulnerable people being ready – it is also about families and communities looking out for each other. There is lots of good advice out there and this is a time of year when friends, neighbours and families can make an important difference by rallying round and taking time to care for each other.”

The Met Office forecast for the south east for today is: “Dry, hot and rather humid with prolonged spells of strong sunshine. Highest temperatures away from coasts where rather cooler and breezier conditions are expected to develop. Maximum temperature 34C. Tonight it remains very warm with brisk winds near coasts, and these will become strong. Minimum temperature 22C.”

The hot weather will continue tomorrow...although there will be the chance of an isolated thunderstorm during the afternoon.

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