Havering will be hotter than Mexico City and Rio today as heatwave continues
PUBLISHED: 09:42 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 19 July 2016
Havering will be hotter than Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona today with the mercury set to hit 33C.
The tropical temperatures will continue tomorrow before falling to the low 20s later in the week.
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The hot weather has been caused by a warm plume of air that has worked its way northwards from Spain, the Met Office said.
Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “We are looking at probably the hottest day of the year today with quite a few places reaching 34C or even 35C in the South East.
“With all the warm and humid air it does mean we are going to have a thundery breakdown later on this evening. The only part to escape will be the very south of England.”
Public Health England is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures – and to take extra care of young children, babies and those with heath issues.
People are urged to drink plenty of water and avoid dehydrating alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, close curtains to keeps rooms cool, open windows and avoid leaving people or animals in closed, parked vehicles which can get extremely hot.
There are also warnings to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, avoid physical exertion, stay in the shade at the hottest times of the day and to put on a hat and wear sunscreen.