August 3


Are you ready for the 35 C heatwave?


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With a heatwave predicted to bring temperatures above 35 C to parts of the UK over the next few days, how can the nation keep cool and carry on?

Forecasters expect temperatures to rise throughout the week – culminating in what the Met Office has said could be the highest ever recorded in the UK.

On Thursday, temperatures in eastern England could outstrip the current July record of 36.7 C set at Heathrow in 2015, and maybe the all-time record of 38.5 C set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

Do I have to work during a heatwave?

For those hoping to be given a day off, unfortunately, there are currently no statutes in the UK about when it is too hot to work.

Employers should provide a “reasonable” temperature in the workplace.

But the Health and Safety Executive( HSE) says a limit cannot be introduced because some industries have to work in high temperatures.

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It can, however, be too cold to work. Government guidance recommends a minimum working temperature of 16 C( 61 F ), or 13 C, if employees are doing physical work.

As avoiding work in the hot isn’t an option, then there’s the inevitable dilemma of what to wear.

But can you wear flip-flops to work? Staff should have a relaxed dress code during the heatwave, union says.

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