Britain on health alert as temperatures soar
The authorities have swung into action and triggered the national Heatwave Plan as temperatures in excess of 30°C are expected in parts of the UK.
The Met Office has announced the country is now on alert level 2 of 4 - which indicates that emergency services should be alert and ready to an increased risk of heat-related health problems.
While most Britons will welcome a bit of sunshine, the heat can be a cause for concern and is especially dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses.
In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse and in extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
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