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09.08.2022

Baking hot weather arrives as Leicester faces temperatures over 30C every day for next 5 days

The latest scorching heatwave has arrived with temperatures expected to climb to 30C every day for the next five days at least. And today won’t be far off either, with highs of 29C expected in Leicester, and a ‘weather health warning’ beginning at lunchtime today.

With a bit of luck, things will have cooled down by Monday, when there will probably only be highs in the mid-20s and there could even be some rain. But while we are very unlikely to see the kind of record temperatures last month’s heatwave brought, this one is expected to last longer.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)’s amber alert covers southern and central England, including Leicestershire, and begins from midday today and continues until 6pm on Saturday. People are urged to look out for those who are older or with existing health conditions, as well as young children to ensure they stay healthy in the heat.

The Leicester forecast from the BBC Weather Centre is for highs of 29C today, 31C tomorrow, 33C on Thursday, 31C on Friday, 32C on Saturday and 30C on Sunday. The amber heat alert is one stage lower than the most serous Level Four red warning issued in last month’s heatwave, but the amber alert does requires social and healthcare services “to target specific actions at high-risk groups”.

‘Heatwave thresholds’ – which are met at different temperatures in different parts of the country – are likely to be hit in much of the UK. In Leicestershire, a heatwave is described as three or more days with the temperature reaching at least 27C. The heatwave threshold varies for different parts of the UK between 25C to 28C.

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The forecast for the coming days (Image: BBC Weather Centre)

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