Weather warning issued for thunderstorms

Portsmouth residents warned to ‘stay out of sun’ as Met Office issues heatwave alert

MPs urged the Government to introduce a "maximum workplace temperature" that employers must observe, particularly when work involves physical effort.

Threshold temperatures vary from region to region it is on average around 30 degrees.

Forecasters were expecting the prolonged heatwave to continue with temperatures set to peak on Thursday and Friday.

The Met Office has issued a level 3 amber alert for the East Midlands with the heatwave set to return.

Temperatures of 37C (99F) have been forecast in southern, eastern and central England for Friday.

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Overnight temperatures almost everywhere will at least be in the high teens, with thundery showers affecting parts of the Midlands and North East England in the early hours.

A Met Office statement said: "Thunderstorms will become more widespread across north-east Scotland during the early hours of Saturday morning, perhaps merging into longer periods of heavy and thundery rain".

A high pollution warning was issued for London on Thursday, due to a mix of toxic air, extremely high temperatures, emissions from the continent and a lack of cloud.

Murphy said that even though the last few days have been warm, conditions for the next week are expected to get "cooler" across the country.

The hottest July day on record is 36.7C, which was reached at Heathrow on 1 July 2015. However, many places will see much lower rainfall amounts.

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Mr Deakin said: "Cooler conditions arrive for the weekend".

Another will come into force for large parts of England between 14:00 and 23:45 on Friday.

There are no restrictions for when the workplace becomes too hot.

Now employers have an obligation to provide a "reasonable" temperature in the workplace, but there is no maximum limit.

Mr Deakin said of today: "Generally a dry start".

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