GALLERY: Keeping cool during heatwave

Joe Plumley having fun the water

Joe Plumley having fun the water - Credit: Archant

THE Met Office has issued a Level 3 heatwave alert for South East England - one away from a national emergency - today (Wednesday).

Edward Perry at the water park

Edward Perry at the water park - Credit: Archant

The alert requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high risk groups, such as the very young, very old, and those with chronic diseases.

Letchworth outdoor swimming pool

Letchworth outdoor swimming pool - Credit: Archant

Lister Hospital in Stevenage has already seen a small increase in the number of people attending A&E, mostly children.

Temperatures have reached 29?c today (Wednesday) in Comet country, with the Met Office forecasting highs of 26?c on Friday, 23?c on Saturday and 25?c on Sunday.

People have been doing their best to keep cool, with visitors to the outdoor pools increasing up to six-fold on last year.

Between July 1 and 16, there have been 6,051 swims in Letchworth outdoor pool, compared to 1,065 during the same period last year.

In Hitchin, where the outdoor and indoor pool figures are combined, there have been 28,145 swims during this period, compared to 24,063 last year.

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