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Cambridgeshire issued with heat-health alert ahead of high temperatures next week

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With the Met Office forecasting hot weather for Wisbech, Chatteris and March the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a health alert.

It has increased the warning to a level-three health alert for the East of England, with the warning in place from 9am on Monday until 9am on Friday. Initially it was a level-two alert.

Cambridgeshire is set to be hit with high temperatures, with highs of 29 degrees forecast for Wisbech, Chatteris and March on Tuesday.

East Anglia is set to bask in hot temperatures next week
East Anglia is set to bask in hot temperatures next week

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: "We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared for the warm conditions ahead.

"High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat, such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly."

David Oliver, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, added: "We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales, that could last for much of next week.

"In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius over the weekend and then in the low 30s Celsius during the start of next week.

"Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year, as well as dry and sunny."

There are also health alerts for the South East and London.

To prepare for the warm weather ahead, you can:

  • shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight – external shutters or shades are very effective, internal blinds or curtains are less effective but cheaper and easier to install;
  • check that windows or vents can be opened;
  • if applicable, check mechanical ventilations systems are switched on and operating in summer mode;
  • check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly;
  • check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging.

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