The Met Office yesterday (1 July) raised the heatwave alert to level 3 for London and South East England on behalf of the Department of Health (DH).
This means that high temperatures have been reached and sustained in one or more regions, with two consecutive very warm nights, a hot intervening day and a forecast of even higher temperatures for today and tomorrow.
The DH has reminded people to remain aware of the risks faced by elderly friends and relatives during a heatwave.
Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health in the South East, said: "Everyone's health can be affected by the heat, with greater risks of dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion and heatstroke."
People are advised to contact their local environmental health officer if they have concerns for themselves or a vulnerable friend, neighbour or relative. Environmental health practitioners at local authorities can visit to inspect the condition of a home for hazards to health, including excess heat.
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