Temperatures are expected to soar this week – ahead of a further blast of hot weather over the weekend amid a UK heatwave.
The Met Office has predicted highs of 33C, with central, southern and eastern England all experiencing the rising temperatures during the heatwave.
It could mark the hottest day of the year so far, with the UK’s record high for this year currently standing at 32.7C. It was recorded at Heathrow on June 17.
The warm weather is expected continue through the week in the high 20s for most until the weekend.
This means parts of the country will be hotter than some of the world’s top beach destinations, including the Maldives and Marbella in Spain.
A Level Three Heat Health Alert has been issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) from 9am on Monday to 9am on Friday in the east and south-east of England, with the rest of the nation having a level 2 alert in place.
The four-level system highlights the potential health impacts of these high temperatures.
Councils are advising people to take precautions amid the soaring temperatures.
With summer upon us and the mercury rising, comparethemarket.com has shared its top tips on how to keep your house cool in the heat:
As if you didn’t already need an excuse for a barbecue, cooking outside is a great way of reducing trapped heat in the home.
Appliances such as hobs, ovens, and kettles produce a lot of heat. Try to cook outdoors on a barbecue or camping stove if you have one to reduce the need for excess heat indoors.
Certain indoor plants can help to keep your home cool.
Plants keep themselves cool via transpiration, releasing water vapour when the surrounding atmosphere heats up to cool themselves and the air around them.
The best examples of plants most effective for this are aloe vera and snake plants, both of which have high water content.
Close off rooms
To keep the cool air in the rooms you use most, close the doors and windows.
If you have doors with gaps, especially those that lead outside, you could invest in insulation such as weather strips/seals which are an inexpensive option and, in most cases, you can put them on yourself.
During the evening reopen your windows in your bedroom for a breeze whilst you sleep.
Keep curtains and blinds closed
Try to get into the habit of closing your curtains and blinds during the day when the sun is at its hottest.
If windows in certain rooms catch a lot of direct sunlight, use dark or blackout curtains or blinds to prevent the rays from overheating your room.
If you’re handy with DIY, you could also opt for bubble wrap insulation which will help to temporarily block out the sunlight, increasing your windows’ insulating properties by creating a layer of still, trapped air.
LED bulbs use less electricity and, because they are highly efficient, less energy is transformed into heat so they’re a cooler option for the home.
External window shading
Another good tactic is to create shade outside of your windows, especially in your living room if you sit in there during the day.
If you love gardening, planting trees or high plants outside of the windows helps create shade and keep the space directly outside of the area cooler.
When plants lose water vapour, they often cool the air around them.
Turning off tech
Lots of electrical appliances such as televisions and chargers can produce a lot of wasted energy in the form of heat so, to tackle this, turn off unnecessary appliances.
If you have laundry to do, avoid the tumble dryer and make the most of the nice weather to hang out your clothes.