Over the weekend, parts of the UK will experience a scorching heat wave that will last for a week.

Temperatures will rise higher than popular holiday destinations such as St Tropez, Santorini and even Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

California’s Los Angeles can also be colder than parts of the UK.

London and the South East are forecast to reach a high of 28C on Friday afternoon, with the heat set to continue into next week.

Cooler temperatures of around 25C are expected in the South West, Midlands and North West today.

The UK Health Service Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Bureau have issued a level 2 risk warning for Monday to Friday next week, covering the East of England, the South East and London.

Find out what the forecast is where you live

Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said: “We are at the start of a period of warm weather across much of England and Wales which could last for much of next week.

“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s over the weekend and then into the low 30s early next week.

“Most of next week will be warm for the season, dry and sunny.”

England and Wales are forecast to be dry and sunny today.

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Why is the heat increasing

Dry and warm temperatures are expected in most areas over the weekend and early next week. At the same time, cloudiness and light rain are expected in the northwest.

For an official Met Office heat wave, certain thresholds must be met, depending on the region, for three consecutive days.

The last heatwave in the UK was three weeks ago on June 17 the hottest day of the year at a temperature of about 33C.

The Red Cross is warning people about the dangers of very high temperatures.

Spokesman Matthew Killick said: “We’re all looking forward to the warm weather this summer, but it’s important to remember that heat can be very dangerous, especially for children, the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.

“Climate change means we are experiencing longer and more intense heat waves, but an alarming number of people are unaware of the risks associated with hot weather.

“There were more than 2,500 deaths in England alone in the summer of 2020, and sadly it is predicted that heat-related deaths in the UK could triple within 30 years.”


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