A new heat-health alert has been issued for parts of the country as temperatures are set to soar to 30C this weekend.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a yellow warning for six English regions this weekend.

The warning will remain in place from Friday until Sunday.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures of 27°C to 28°C on Friday and around 30°C on Saturday.


The regions included in the yellow alert are:

  • London
  • South East
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • East of England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

The forecasted high temperatures will be short lived, followed by thunderstorms, but if reached it is likely that there will be some impacts across the health and social care sector.

Under the new HHA system introduced by UKHSA and the Met Office, a yellow alert means that any impacts likely include the increased use of health care services by vulnerable populations and an increase in risk to health for individuals aged over 65 years or those with pre-existing health conditions, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: “This weekend it’s important that everyone takes sensible precautions while enjoying the sun.

“The forecasted high temperatures are expected to be short lived, but could primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions. If you have friends, family or neighbours who are more vulnerable, it is important to check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.”

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said: “Temperatures will be on the rise from Friday, with a plume of continental air allowing temperatures to reach, and perhaps locally exceed, 30°C in parts of England on Friday and Saturday. In addition, temperatures overnight will remain high, especially in towns and cities, which will make for an uncomfortably warm night for some.

“Temperatures are likely to start to drop from the west on Saturday and more widely into Sunday, as showers and thunderstorms sweep north-east across the country.”