(CMR) The UK Met Office has issued an amber warning for parts of Wales and England, which are expected to have extreme heat this week.
The amber warning, which will be in place until Thursday, covers large parts of Wales, all of south-west England, and parts of southern and central England, BBC reported.
Temperatures are expected to peak, and the Met Office warns of the potential impact of the heat on people's health under a prolonged period of sweltering conditions.
The Met Office advises that people vulnerable to extreme heat are likely to experience “adverse health effects,” while the rest of the population could suffer heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.
It also warns that more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes, and rivers leading to an “increased risk of water safety incidents.” Six people drowned in English lakes and rivers over the weekend.
UK nations recorded the hottest day of the year over the weekend, and forecasters warned temperatures would continue to climb and could reach 33C (91.4F) in some western areas, BBC reported.
“The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week. Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds, but the amber extreme heat warning focuses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist,” Steven Ramsdale, from the Met Office, said.
The UK's highest temperature of the year so far was recorded on Sunday at Heathrow, where it reached 31.6C (88.9F), while on the same day Wales hit a high of 30.2C (86.4F) in Cardiff.
On Saturday, Northern Ireland recorded 31.2C (88.1F) in Ballywatticock, County Down, while Scotland recorded 28.2C (82.8F) in Threave, Dumfries, and Galloway.