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Red weather warning issued by Met Office in place as temperatures forecast to reach 40C

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A red weather warning by the Met Office in now in place as temperatures are predicted to top 40C in parts of the country.

Across the Advertiser area, the mercury is expected to rise to around 37C today.

On Tuesday temperatures will rise again to a high of 41C.

A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034647)
A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034647)

The Met Office is warning of adverse health effects that could lead to serious illness or danger to life.

East Midlands Ambulance Service says the heat warning means there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness from the scorching temperatures.

Residents are encouraged to follow the simple advice and visit the NHS website for information: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034649)
A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034649)

Tips include:

• Look out for others, especially older people, young children, and babies and those with underlying health conditions

• Drink plenty of water; sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated

• Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

• Open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so

• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, or animals

• Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

• Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat

• Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

• Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034651)
A warning for extreme heat has been issued for the region. (58034651)

While schools remain open, they will be following government guidelines to keep pupils safe.

Many are advising children to wear loose clothes and hats, and have suncream.

LNER and East Midlands Trains have said rail services will be disrupted for the next couple of days.

All trains from Newark to London will be cancelled tomorrow.

Newark Library is to close at noon today and tommorrow because of the heat.

It says its cooling system would not be able to bring the library down to a comfortable level.

A rare level four warning of a national emergency has also been issued by the Met Office, which is the forecaster's highest alert.

This is reached when "a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system".

The forecaster warns, at this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.

It recommends changes to work practices and daily routines, suggesting people only travel if necessary.

Under the red warning, there is considered to be a high risk of serious illness and danger to life - which is not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat.

Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only and to seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.

There is a "high risk" of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to power cuts and loss of other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services.

Delays on roads and road closures are predicted with people trying to head to the coast and rivers, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with "significant welfare issues" for those who experience even moderate delays.

The hottest day in the UK currently on record is 38.7C recorded in Cambridge on July 25, 2019.

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