Amber warning for heat in Suffolk

The Met Office has issued an Amber Extreme heat warning for Suffolk with temperatures expecting to build throughout this week.

The warning will be in place from this Thursday peaking on Friday and Saturday. We are likely to see temperatures to rise to the low-to-mid 30s, temperatures are not expected to be as high as they were last month when Suffolk saw its first ever red warning for extreme heat.

This next heat wave is due to the influence of high pressure positioned over the UK, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Rudman said “thanks to the persistent high temperatures over the UK, temperatures will be rising day-on-day through this week and an Extreme heat warning has been issued.”

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert, which is designed to help healthcare professionals manage through periods of extreme weather. Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said “temperatures will feel very warm again this week, particularly in Southern and Central parts of the country.” She said that the most vulnerable must be looked after and to make sure they are prepared for the hot weather. Dr Sousa said “the most important advice is to ensure they stay hydrated, keep cool and take steps to prevent their homes from over heating”.

Suffolk Alerts have warned of the high temperatures saying “The Fire Risk for Suffolk is forecast to the highest level – Level 5 – exceptional – from Friday as the hot weather continues. Please be responsible when enjoying the warm weather. Do not take unnecessary risks.”


by Alasdair English