Yellow heat warning as 'Iberian plume' blasts Britain today

Yellow heat warning TODAY as heatwave blasts Britain: Health officials caution vulnerable people to stay indoors as alert is issued across six regions including London – as Met Office says ‘Iberian Plume’ will bring 30C temperatures this week

  • The UK Health Security Agency warning covers six regions of the UK 

A yellow heat warning has been issued for Britain as the country braces for a blistering heatwave.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office’s warning covers six regions in England, London, the East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East and South West, and is in place from 9am on Friday until Monday morning. 

Parts of the country are predicted to be hotter than Marbella, Ibiza and Tenerife over the weekend as a ‘plume of warm air’ moves in from the south.

Cloud, rain and thunderstorms are also set to sweep in, with the nights becoming humid.

The stunning views of Durdle Door in Dorset being enjoyed by people visiting the beach

People out on the River Cam in Cambridge today enjoying the sunny weather as temperatures could reach the 30s over the coming days

Health officials have warned vulnerable people to stay indoors during the heatwave

Dr Agostinho Sousa from the UKHSA said: ‘In the coming days we are likely to experience our first sustained period of hot weather of the year so far, so it’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.

If forecasts are correct then it is ‘likely that there could be some impacts across the health and social care sector’ a statement on the government website read 

‘Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

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

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘Temperatures will rise later this week and into the weekend, with a plume of warm air being drawn in from the south. 

According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), a low pressure area is currently developing to the east of the Azores, shifting winds which will allow temperatures to rise.

Vintage cars out on the road in New Forest, Hampshire today

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