UK could sizzle in 32C scorcher hotter than Ibiza as health warning issued

A heat-health warning has been issued across parts of the UK after temperatures soared at the start of this week.

The Met Office has predicted the mercury could tip 32C on Wednesday and Thursday (September 6 and 7) as summery conditions make a fashionably late appearance, with parts of the country expected to be up to four degrees hotter than Ibiza.

Forecasters have also predicted it could be hotter than Ayia Napa in Cyprus and Athens, Greece.

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Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said: "We will see good sunny conditions through the week with cloudless skies, and some high temperatures by the time we get to Wednesday and Thursday, where we could see 31 maybe 32 degrees.

"The high temperatures are quite widely spread across the UK, although the highest temperatures are probably somewhere in south-eastern England spreading out to central parts of England as well.

But while Brits may be glad to finally see some sun, experts from the UK Health Security Agency have warned sun seekers to be mindful of their health.

A yellow heat alert warning was put in place at 2pm on Monday (September 4) for Yorkshire and Humber, London, the South East, the South West, the East and West Midlands, the East, and the North West, and will remain in place until 9pm on Sunday (September 10).

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Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: "This weekend it's important that everyone takes sensible precautions while enjoying the sun.

"The forecasted high temperatures are expected to be short lived, but could primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions.

"If you have friends, family or neighbours who are more vulnerable, it is important to check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice."

Looking ahead to later in the week, temperatures could reach highs of 31C on Friday (September 8), but clouds are expected to start moving in and there are even chances of rain in the northwest of Scotland.

Tropical storms in the Atlantic and deep areas of low pressure have amplified the jet stream over the Atlantic Ocean, causing high pressure to "dominate over the UK".

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