Heat Wave Level 3 Alert to UK hospitals as 34C scorcher smothers country

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Hospitals across the UK have been placed on high alert today as expected temperatures of 34C are set to smother the country with disruption likely

And the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has now issued a Level 3 Heat-Health alert for London, the East of England and the South East is in place to help protect health services.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Agostinho Sousa stressed the alert is to help protect the NHS, adding: “The Level 3 alert is operational and called ‘heatwave action’.

"It is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services for possible increases in demand due to increases in temperatures.

“We also have a Level 2 that is currently active in the South West and East of England that is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services in case they need to enter into action in case we see an increase in temperatures.

“Right now the situation is stable, and we expect the temperatures to drop tomorrow.”

The warning comes as temperatures in the UK are forecasted to be higher than in the Maldives in many areas of the UK today in a third consecutive hottest day of the year.

A dangerously high 34C is predicted in London and East Anglia and the extreme conditions have even persuaded Royal Ascot to dispense with tradition and allow male racegoers to take off their jackets, hats and ties for only the second time in the meeting's history.

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There is also speculation as to whether today might even see the UK's highest-ever recorded temperature for a day in June.

Kew Gardens and Heathrow hit 29.3C yesterday, which saw the mercury edge a degree higher than the 28.3C recorded in Northolt on Wednesday.

A high of 26.1C was also recorded in Cardiff, but Scotland and Northern Ireland were decidedly cooler with Edinburgh reaching 21.4C and Derrylin 20.6C.

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