Large parts of England were placed on heatwave alert today, the first time Public Health England has ever issued a warning in September.
Hot and humid weather is forecast for the next few days in the East of England, the South East, London and the East Midlands, and all were put on Level 2 alert.
A heatwave alert is triggered when the daily maximum is expected to exceed the average by 9F (5C) for more than two consecutive days.
Temperatures are expected to reach around (82F) 28C in the south east today, and London could see temperatures over 86F (30°C). Even in the south east the average September maximum is only 66F (18.9C) so the soaring temperatures are well beyond what is needed to trigger a heatwave.
The current heatwave warnings have only been in place since 2012, but this is the first September warning so far.
It prompted two hedgehog orphanages to issue a warning, urging residents to leave out shallow bowls of water for the animals.
Going to be another hot week here in #Essex Please remember fresh ground level water for your local #hedgehogs #wildlife Refill daily!
#hedgehogs, hot weather this week, so please leave a shallow bowl of water for young hedgehogs who've just left mum pic.twitter.com/BV1gQ6yDhF
The wildlife orphanage wrote on Twitter: “Hot weather this week, so please leave a shallow bowl of water for young hedgehogs who’ve just left mum.”
Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said: Because the heat is going to arrive very soon, think today about what you can do, and for those around you, to stay cool during the daytime and particularly at night.
For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.
To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too.
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