County to enjoy sunshine all the way into next week

Nathan Taylor shares his shade with Katie Andrews at Rushden's Party in the Park last weekend
Nathan Taylor shares his shade with Katie Andrews at Rushden's Party in the Park last weekend

The county will continue to bask in glorious sunshine until at least the middle of next week, according to forecasters.

The latest county forecast from Pitsford Weather Station says there will be highs of 28C today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, and dropping only slightly on Friday to 27C.

Looking further ahead, a spokesman for the county weather station said: “The limit on the forecast models currently is next Wednesday, but even so there is no indication yet of the fine, settled weather coming to a close.”

After five consecutive days basking in 30C-plus temperatures, forecasters said Britain was in the midst of its first prolonged heatwave since 2006, prompting a series of health warnings.

The Met Office responded by issuing a “level three heat health watch” for London and the South East and advised “alertness and readiness” for those in the North West and North East.

Level three warnings are only one notch below the most serious alerts and are put out when high temperatures place the very young, the very old and those with chronic diseases at risk.

Forecasters said today (Wednesday) could again break the record for the warmest day of the year, with temperatures expected to creep up as high as 32C in parts of England.

Gemma Plumb, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “There is no proper definition of ‘heatwave’ in the UK - but we are undoubtedly in the midst of one now.

“It is the longest period of hot weather since 2006, with prolonged temperatures above the average for the time of year.

“Normally we can expect it to reach 20-22C in England and Wales – today parts of the Midlands, East Anglia, the south coast and London could see 30C-plus.”

In light of the high temperatures, health officials are advising people to stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and keep an eye those they know to be at risk, such as pregnant women and those with chronic diseases.

Dr Angie Bone, heatwave plan leader for Public Health England, said: “In this continued hot weather, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“During very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport.

“Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy, times of the day.

“For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.

“The key message for healthy individuals is to follow public health messages on how to enjoy the sun safely by staying cool, drinking lots of cold fluids and checking on those you know are at risk.”