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The record temperature for the UK could be smashed this month, with forecasters predicting a whopping high of 43C next Sunday (July 17).
The current best stands at 38.7C in July 2019, but meteorologists are confident that this figure will be well and truly broken as the heatwave ramps up more than a notch or two over the next week.
Despite the UK currently basking in the heat, Met Office forecaster Steven Keates warned that the warmest weather is still to come.
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He told The Sun: “We’re in for a real rollercoaster which may take people by surprise.
“Next weekend we could have some really exceptional record-breaking heat and it will ramp up suddenly – like someone has turned on the gas.
“Some models from America indicate we could see 43C next Sunday, which would obliterate the current UK record."
Sky News weather forecaster Kirsty McCabe described how “nobody can recall 40C appearing in a major global forecast system for the UK”.
Kirsty said: "Given that the UK's previous hottest days have only seen a few places exceed 38C, this was unlike anything forecasters had ever seen before.”
But with predictions of extreme heat, the likes of which we are not used to seeing in the UK, also come health warnings.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a level 2 alert for the South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions.
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Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at 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.
“It is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.”
Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust advised that children should be decked out in light-coloured clothing, and must keep hydrated.
“They should spend time in the shade and be coated in suncream,” the trust added.
“Don't allow your children to stay in the sun for long periods – and never leave them in a car on a hot day.”
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