A DEADLY heat-exhaustion alert has been issued as the hot weather continues and a pollen bomb explodes.

Public Health England sent out a warning for high temperatures lasting until Thursday.

Pollen levels are going to be high for the rest of the week, causing extra strife for hay fever sufferers battling the heat.

There won't be much respite from the pollen bomb until the weekend unfortunately, with Brits attempting to beat the irritating symptoms for the next few days.

Try using Vaseline around the nostrils to block pollen, showering and changing clothes after being outside, wearing wraparound sunglasses and keeping your pet clean to get rid of pesky particles.

The Met Office also issued an amber extreme heat warning, as the country swelters in sunny weather.

Most of England is set for blistering days for the rest of this week, but the South West and parts of Southern and central England will be especially hot.

Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: "Everybody can be affected by high temperatures and most people are aware of good health advice for coping with hot weather.

"However, it’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.

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"As we experience the first hot weather episode of the year, it’s important for everyone to remember to adapt their behaviours.

"This is particularly important during the pandemic with many people self-isolating.

"Most of us want to enjoy the sun. Remember to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat."

How to stay safe in the heatwave?

  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep it cooler indoors and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of fluids – take plenty of water with you when you head out – and avoid excess alcohol
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest and it will be hottest
  • use your oven as little as possible to avoid any extra heat
  • cool your bed down by popping your sheets or hot water bottle in the freezer just before bed
  • create a homemade 'air con' system by sitting a fan behind a bowl full of ice water
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid exercise or exerting yourself in the hottest parts of the day
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk

Chief Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office Steven Ramsdale said: "The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week, with temperatures regularly in the high 20s and low 30s Celsius by day, along with high overnight temperatures.

"Many areas of the UK will continue to reach heatwave thresholds, and whilst the highest temperatures are likely to be in central and southern parts of the UK, some of the most unusually high temperatures are likely to be seen over parts of the west, particularly over Northern Ireland.

"There’s also a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most should stay dry until later in the week.

"Temperatures should fall for most areas into the weekend along with some more unsettled conditions also looking to develop."

The heat is expected until Thursday night when conditions should to take a cooler turn, sweeping in thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The amber warning covers a large part of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England,

It comes after temperature records were set over the weekend, when a tropical blast from the Atlantic thrust the UK into the furnace with the mercury shooting up to a sizzling 32C.

The heat health warning is in place until 11.59pm on Thursday, telling hospitals to expect to be busier than usual and compelling health staff to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

The concept was introduced on June 1 to highlight the dangers heatwaves pose on health, infrastructure and other services.

Killer heatwave fears were fanned after Public Health England figures showed 2,256 excess UK deaths were recorded during heatwaves in 2020 – the highest since records began.

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