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Hot weather advice and Met Office thunderstorm warning issued for Cambridgeshire

Scorching temperatures have triggered a health alert from the Met Office, with people urged to take extra precautions in the coming days.

A Hot Weather Alert Level 3 in the East of England has been declared by the Met Office with a 90 per cent probability of temperatures being high enough to have significant effects on health - reaching 36 degrees Celsius in some places..

And there are concerns for travellers trapped on the A1 today as a collision between two lorries and a car northbound at Brampton have caused long tailbacks.

The sun is set to shine this weekend (40071791)
The sun is set to shine this weekend (40071791)

Police are delivering bottled water and carrying out welfare checks on people stuck in cars.

A statement from Cambridgeshire Police said: “We are working with partners to manage the incident given the road closure and the warmer weather as many drivers have found themselves caught up in the tailbacks.

“Agencies are also focussing on conducting welfare checks and suppling bottled water to those stuck in their vehicles as temperatures begin to rise.

“We want to assure the public we are doing all we can to clear the road and get people moving.”

Temperatures will soar over the next three days
Temperatures will soar over the next three days

Temperatures over the next few days could reach 36C before severe thunderstorms break out early next week with some locations potentially receiving 60-80 mm of rain in three hours.

While Wednesday is forecast to be cooler, temperatures could still reach the mid-upper 20Cs. Last July Cambridge broke records for the hottest ever day in the country, hitting 38.1 degrees Celsius.

Val Thomas, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “While hot weather is enjoyable for most people, for some it is challenging. High temperatures can be very uncomfortable and affect the health of the young and older people. It can also worsen the condition of those with an ongoing health condition, especially for those with heart and lung problems

As the heatwave continues, we're asking people to look out for those at risk from high temperatures –to make sure they are able to keep cool."

The county council has issued guidance on how to cope in the heat. Mikey Arbon (2) cools off.
The county council has issued guidance on how to cope in the heat. Mikey Arbon (2) cools off.

Cambridgeshire County council offered these tips for coping with the heatwave:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, including tea and coffee, can make you more dehydrated
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx.

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