A FOUR-DAY “extreme heat” warning has come into effect, with temperatures set to exceed 35C.
The yellow alert, issued by the Met Office, covers much of southern England including Sussex and poses potential health, transport and infrastructure implications.
The warning went into effect Thursday and will last through the end of the week.
Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C in some parts of the UK on Friday and could reach 36C in some locations on Saturday.
The yellow warning is the second most severe after the Met Office red.
The Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Thanks to ongoing high pressure over the UK, temperatures are set to rise by the day this week and an extreme heat warning has been issued.
“Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C on Friday and Saturday, or even an isolated 36C on Saturday. Elsewhere, temperatures will drop well into the high 20s and low 30s.
“Coupled with the high daytime temperatures, there will be some warm nights, with temperatures not expected to drop below the low 20s for some areas in the south.”
Temperatures in Brighton and Hove are expected to hit 30C on Thursday before rising to 31C on Friday.
Friday will be a “beautiful and dry day with long spells of sunshine,” according to the Met Office. It will be hot for most, but cooler near the east coast.
Dry weather with hot temperatures prevails from Saturday to Monday. Nighttime nebulae are possible before heavy thunderstorms can develop on Sunday night.
The extreme heat warning follows the driest July for England since 1935, when temperatures soared above 40C for the first time.
During the July heatwave, Britain faced power outages, damage to airport runways and rails and dozens of fires, where fire services had their busiest week since the Second World War.
Britain’s Environment Secretary George Eustice on Wednesday urged water companies to take precautions to protect water supplies and address the effects of prolonged dry weather.
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