April heatwave brings hottest day of 2018

Northamptonians will have to pack well, as the nearest beach to the county is Hunstanton in Norfolk, 70 miles away. Photo: Getty Images

The UK could see its warmest April day since 2001 today as a surprise heatwave continues to take hold of the UK.

Towns across Northamptonshire are experiencing temperatures of up to 26 degrees Celsius; the worst hit areas in London and Kent have edged past 28 degrees this afternoon.

Yesterday was marked as the hottest day of the year, but that record was beaten again today, despite the fact average temperatures in mid April should look more like 11 degrees.

Currently, the record for the hottest April day stands at 29.4C which was measured in 1949, and thousands of runners have been cautioned about the extreme heats for this Sunday’s London Marathon.

Unfortunately for those working today, there is currently no legal limit for when you can leave your workplace due to the heat, and the Health and Safety Executive aren’t looking to introduce a law as some places of work require higher temperatures, despite MP’s recent calls for a limit.

Beat the heat

With any UK heatwave come certain disturbances to every day life, so here’s our top tips on keeping cool in the heat.

If you’re struggling to sleep at night, use minimal clothing where possible and keep your curtains closed during the day to avoid letting too much heat in.

Keep yourself hydrated well by drinking at least three litres of water throughout the day, and regularly reapply higher factors of sun cream to avoid heatstroke.

Watch out for young children and babies and keep their sun exposure minimal, as they are most at risk of being damaged by the bright sun; a cool bath before bedtime could help get them to sleep and keep their temperature down before they go to sleep.

Try to walk in shaded areas if you have to go somewhere, as spending too much time walking in the sunlight can leave you feeling unwell and put you at risk.

Other than that, enjoy it whilst it lasts, we all know how quickly the weather can turn, as The Beast from the East only left our shores a month ago.

In the mean time, check out some summery pictures from around the country here.


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