Essex to sizzle in heatwave as four-day heat alert issued by Met Office

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A four-day heat alert has been issued for Essex ahead of temperatures expected to reach 26C next week. The yellow alert for heat was issued by the UK Health Security Agency and will be in effect between 8am on Monday (June 24) and 5pm on Thursday (June 27).

The alert said there is potential for 'significant' impacts across health and social care due to high temperatures. Yellow alerts are issued during periods of heat which might see certain groups struggling to cope, while most people are not likely to be affected.

The Met Office forecast for Essex shows temperatures as high as 26C at the start of next week. The long range forecast said: "Predominantly fine and settled through the period and for much of the country turning much warmer than we have seen in recent weeks."

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The heat alert said impacts could include an observed increase in mortality, particularly in the 65+ age group, and increased demand for healthcare services. It said: "Internal temperatures in care settings (hospitals and care homes) may exceed recommended threshold for clinical risk assessment.

"Impact on ability of services to be delivered due to heat effects on workforce possible and many indoor environments likely to be overheating, leading to increased risk to vulnerable people living independently in the community as well as in care settings."