Heatwave warning as Hertfordshire temperatures set to soar

PUBLISHED: 17:48 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:48 12 July 2013

Forecasters are predicting soaring temperatures over the weekend

Forecasters are predicting soaring temperatures over the weekend

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TEMPERATURES across Welwyn Hatfield are set to soar over the weekend, with Met Office chiefs expecting it could hit 29 degrees Celsius tomorrow (Saturday).

The heat is set to reach its peak at around 4pm, forecasters have predicted, with Hertfordshire in for a scorcher.

This afternoon (Friday) the Met Office was expecting Saturday to be clear and sunny, with temperatures set to drop slightly on Sunday.

Sunny intervals are expected on Sunday, with a top temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.

The Met Office yesterday issued a level two heatwave warning for the weekend – meaning there is a 60 per cent risk of a heatwave.

And County Hall has issued a number of tips to stay safe in the sun.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health, said: “I’m sure that many of us are enjoying this warm, dry spell of weather but we need to be cautious to protect ourselves and our more vulnerable friends, family and neighbours from the sun and high temperatures and not underestimate the dangers of overheating.”

A list of precautions released by County Hall urges people to stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, wear loose fitting clothes and a hat, and apply sunscreen.

It also calls on people to have plenty of cold drinks and avoid extreme activity.

Babies, children and older people – as well as pets – should not be left in stationary vehicles, the guidance says.

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