Weekend weather: Hot and sunny with some showers

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A cloudy start to Friday morning will soon make way for more sunshine and temparatures of around 24C, say forecasters.

The latest report from Pitsford Weather Station also predicts lengthy spells of sunshine on Saturday with temperatures reaching 28C.

Hot dog in sunglasses

Hot dog in sunglasses

The report adds: “This heat, coupled with the arrival of a weak weather front, will trigger some sharp showers through the afternoon. These showers will then tend to fade away during the evening with everywhere becoming dry overnight.”

It may well be a cloudy start on Sunday, but once again lengthy spells of sunshine will burn through and it will become warm with highs approaching 25C.

Looking further ahead, high pressure is set to remain in control throughout the new week. It will be dry and sunny for the most part, but with a risk of some heavy showers through Wednesday. As for temperatures, it will continue warm with highs on most days topping 25C.

The Met Office has issued a warning of a heat wave hitting Northamptonshire this weekend, with temperatures expected to peak on Friday and Saturday, and health officials are preparing themselves for a busy weekend.

Paramedic and operations support manager Steve Pratten is urging people in the East Midlands to take extra care as temperatures are set to soar this weekend.

Last weekend the ambulance service experienced an increase in emergency and urgent calls, with the biggest increase on Saturday, July 6.

He said: “We received over 2,600 emergency and urgent calls last Saturday. A 15 per cent increase in calls compared to the previous Saturday.

“Many of those calls were from people who were feeling unwell as a result of the hot weather or because they had not taken necessary precaution to protect themselves or their loved ones.

“Temperatures are set to increase again this weekend and so we’re asking people to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing while they enjoy the weather and make sure they are aware of the local health service they can access for advice and treatment.”

Top advice for being sun safe:

try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

wear sunscreen

wear loose cotton clothing

drink lots of cool drinks

seek shade

wear sunglasses and a hat

look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses

never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.