Britain was put on a health alert last night over fears that extreme heat in the next few days could cause hundreds of deaths. Met Office forecasters issued a level two heat warning with the mercury set to rocket to 91F (33C) by the end of the week. The “tropical” conditions could also lead to a build up of smog in towns and cities across central and southern regions of the UK. Full story >>
An alert is a warning that something dangerous has happened or is going to happen. • Flood alerts were issued for dozens of rivers after several days of heavy rain.