SCHOOLS in Southampton have been warned about high temperatures amid a heatwave.

As the Met Office issued a Level 3 heatwave warning, Southampton City Council has sent guidance to schools urging them to follow England's heatwave plan.

Temperatures in Southampton have hit 24C on Wednesday with highs of 25C on Thursday, and 27C on Friday.

It comes as the UK prepares for scorching temperatures of up to 30C or even 33C in isolated spots, according to the Met Office Deputy Chief meteorologist.

Dr Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council said: "Southampton is set for heatwave conditions this weekend.

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"Whilst we hope everyone can enjoy the sunshine, we are also advising people to be cautious when outdoors.

"It’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid being out in the sun during the hottest part of the day (around midday).

"If you have to go out in the heat, keep in the shade, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat and light clothing.

"For those who will be indoors, we encourage you to close your curtains or blinds in rooms that face the sun.

"If you or someone you know experience symptoms of heat exhaustion – which can include a headache, dizziness, thirst, loss of appetite and pale or clammy skin – please ensure you move into a cool place and drink plenty of water.

"It is especially important to check in on babies and young children, older people and disabled family, friends and neighbours, as well as those working outdoors or on medication or with medical conditions as they are more vulnerable to the effects of the heatwave."

According to the Heatwave Plan for England, children should be encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible while outdoors, and wear loose and light-coloured clothing. They should also wear hats.

Thin clothing or sunscreen should be used to protect the skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes.

Children should also be provided with plenty of water and should be encouraged to drink more than usual when conditions are hot.

When indoors, windows and other ventilation openings should be opened during the morning to allow stored heat to escape from the building.

All electrical equipment, including computers, should be switched off when not in use and should not be left in standby mode, as this can generate more heat.

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