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Bedfordshire weather: Met Office issues 'heat alert' as temperatures could hit 34C this week

Bedfordshire weather: Met Office issues ‘heat alert’ as temperatures could hit 34C this week

Bedfordshire has been places under a Level 2 Heat Alert by the Met Office after forecasters predicted that temperatures could rise to 34C this week in parts of the country.

Heat alerts are put into place when overnight temperatures exceed a certain threshold, and are mean to highlight the dangers of the heat. A ‘Level 2’ alert is in place across the south and east of England, with a ‘Level 1’ warning in place across the north and west of the country.

The alert kicks in at midnight on Friday (June 17) , and will stay in place until midnight on Sunday (June 19). Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Temperatures are forecast to reach 30C in some parts of the south on Friday and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions.

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“During periods of hot weather it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”

It comes as the Met Office predict temperatures could reach as high as 34C this week. The Met Office’s Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Rudman, said; “Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30C and may even reach 34C in some places.

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20Cs for some overnight.

“The heat is a result of a mix of home-grown warming in the day due to high pressure, as well as a southerly airflow introducing some of the warm air from the continent to UK shores.”

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