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Met Office issues first extreme heat warning: West Berkshire set to swelter in temperatures of up to 31°C

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A WEATHER warning for extreme heat has been issued for Newbury – the Met Office’s first ever amber warning for sweltering temperatures.

High temperatures by day and night are expected to continue until late on Thursday night, when temperatures are expected to drop.

It is the first time the warning – similar to those issued for heavy rain or snow – has been given for extreme heat after the Met Office announced last month it would launch warnings for high temperatures.

The first weather warning for extreme heat has been issued. (49383252)
The first weather warning for extreme heat has been issued. (49383252)

The warning covers the south of Wales, the West Midlands and the southwest of England.

It states people vulnerable to extreme heat are likely to suffer adverse health effects, while the wider population is likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion.

There is an increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail, leading to power cuts and the loss of other services to some homes and businesses.

Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays.

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