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A heat-health alert remains in place as temperatures across the county look set to keep climbing as we head into next week.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have increased the Level 2 alert to Level 3 for the south east, London and east of England as forecasters predict highs of 32C (89F) in the coming days.
Today parts of Kent can expect to see the mercury pushing towards highs of 29C (84F) as sunshine dominates the forecast across much of the country.
Level 3 means you should look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions and curtains should be closed on rooms that face the sun.
Advice on how to reduce the risk can be obtained from the Heatwave Plan for England page online, from your doctor or local chemist, or ring NHS 111.
A Level 2 alert is also now in place for the south west, east Midlands, west Midlands, north west and Yorkshire and the Humber regions.
The alerts will be in place from 9am tomorrow until 9am on Friday.
During this time the UKHSA recommends drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol, avoiding physical exertion during the hottest part of the day, and taking special care to check in on the vulnerable and the elderly who find the heat particularly challenging.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UKHSA, said: “Heat-health alerts have now been issued to the majority of the country, with temperatures set to remain consistently high throughout the duration of next week.
“Most of us can enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but it is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.
“If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, make sure they are aware of how they can keep themselves protected from the warm weather.”
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