Britain’s heatwave to bring 31C scorcher – but ‘severe’ winds are coming

High winds are in store for much of today and tomorrow, weather forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south-west of England.

But in welcome news for Glastonbury festival-goers, fine and dry conditions are expected for the rest of the UK.

But while they might be able to pack their wellies away for now, revellers should be checking their tent pegs as strong winds are expected to batter Devon, Cornwall and Somerset over the next 48 hours.

The gusty period will be followed by rising mercury, as the heatwave currently swamping Europe moves into the UK.

Experts are warning of heightened hot weather-related health risks, as temperatures as high as 31C are predicted for parts of England by the weekend.

The Met Office weather warnings represent a range of impact levels and likelihoods that could spell damage to property, as well as travel delays and cancellations, loss of water supplies, power cuts, and, in the most severe cases, bring a danger to life.

A yellow warning is issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some "low-level" impacts, including some disruption to travel in some places.

Usually a yellow warnings means there is not a likelihood the weather will affect most people's daily routines, but sometimes the warnings are issued by the Met Office notices that the weather could bring severe impacts in some parts.

Forecasters were earlier predicting a scorcher of a weekend.

The Met Office has said this Glastonbury weekend could be a record breaker as a plume of North African hot air heads towards Britain.

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: "The UK's highest temperature on record was 35.6C, in 1976 in Southampton.

"It's possible we could see that beaten this weekend."

The heat has seen experts warn yesterday for households and workplaces to take hot-weather precautions.

The London School of Economics' Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change predicted there could be up to 100 heat-related deaths this weekend, based on Public Health England annual heat-related death rates.

The institute's communications director Bob Ward said yesterday: "Based on experience of the past three summers, during which over 2,500 extra deaths occurred during bouts of hot weather, more than 100 deaths could be expected over the weekend.

"Many of these deaths are preventable if extra precautions are taken to protect those most at risk from overheating in their homes and other buildings, both during the day and night."

Dr Emer O’Connell, a public health consultant with Public Health England, said: “It’s too early to be able to say anything about excess deaths as a result of the heat. We know there has been an increase in deaths during previous heatwaves and that heat-related deaths are mostly preventable and happen very quickly as temperatures increase.

"There is also an increase in calls to health services because of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy. However for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks.

"That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.”

The Met Office and Public Health England have issued a Level 2 Heat Health alert as temperatures are set to peak on Saturday.

They are urging Brits to take extra precautions over the coming weekend, including drinking plenty of water and avoiding the outdoors during the hottest part of the days.

Three have already died in southern France as a heatwave smothers parts of Europe.

French firefighters are warning people not to swim in water that is too cold during Europe's heatwave, after a 70-year-old man reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in calm water, while a 62-year-old woman and another man, aged 75, died in similar circumstances, according to French news outlet LCI .

The continent has seen temperatures soar around Europe, causing warnings of coming highs of more than 42C in Spain, and extra drinking fountains installed on the streets of Paris as France braces for the heat.

Meteorologists from AccuWeather say a reservoir of hot air moving across Europe from Africa is causing the potentially deadly heatwave.

Experts are predicting France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium could all see June temperature records set in the next few days.

Met Office UK five-day forecast


Fine, dry with plenty of sunshine once early cloud across eastern England, the Midlands and eastern Wales clears. Low cloud across the far north of Scotland likely lingering through the day. Windy in the south, especially Devon and Cornwall.


Staying dry with cloud advancing westwards overnight from the North Sea coast. Skies across western parts of the UK staying clear. Winds staying strong in the south and southwest.


Early cloud across eastern and some central parts clears through the morning to leave a sunny day. Most areas hotter than on Wednesday. Strong winds over southern parts easing later.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Saturday, widely warm and sunny with some hot temperatures in eastern and central parts. Cooler and breezy at times on Sunday and Monday with scattered showers and sunny spells.

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