Thousands of people seek refuge as high heat hits Britain and France

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“It is important that Public Health England’s COVID-19 safety standards are maintained at all times,” said the union’s senior deputy general secretary Mick Lynch. “The combination of sun and alcohol is a clear threat to this.”

Mercury was also on the rise in France, where the national meteorological service Météo-France placed 45 departments, including Paris and its inner suburbs, on orange alert warning the public to beware of a heatwave. Temperatures were expected to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 F) in parts of the country.

The UK Met Office has warned the public to take precautions against dehydration and sunburns and be prepared for a dramatic rise in temperatures after a rather chilly week.

Public Health England has issued a heat and health warning and advised people sheltering indoors to close window curtains facing the sun.

“Many of us are spending more time at home this summer because of COVID-19,” said Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant at Public Health England. “Many homes can overheat, so it’s important that we continue to monitor the elderly and those with underlying health issues, especially if they live alone and may be socially isolated.

Britain’s 10 hottest years have been since 2002, with last year producing the hottest day on record at 38.7 Celsius (101.6 F) at the Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.

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Thomas Adamson in Paris contributed.

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A man sits on a bench on a hot day in the Old Port of Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as temperatures are forecast to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country.  (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

A man sits on a bench on a hot day in the Old Port of Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as temperatures are expected to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country. (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

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A boy walks along the roof of the MUCEUM in Marseille on a hot day in Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as the Temperatures are forecast to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country.  (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

A boy walks along the roof of the MUCEUM in Marseille on a hot day in Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as the Temperatures are expected to rise to 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country. (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

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People relax on Bournemouth beach in southern England on Friday August 7, 2020. The UK could see record high temperatures, with forecasters predicting Friday could be the hottest day of the year .  (Andrew Matthews / PA via AP)

People relax on Bournemouth beach in southern England on Friday August 7, 2020. The UK could see record high temperatures, with forecasters predicting Friday could be the hottest day of the year . (Andrew Matthews / PA via AP)

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A person on a water ski off Bournemouth beach in southern England on Friday August 7, 2020. The UK could see record high temperatures, with forecasters predicting Friday could be the hottest day of the year.  (Andrew Matthews / PA via AP)

A person on water skis off Bournemouth beach in southern England on Friday August 7, 2020. The UK could see record high temperatures, with forecasters predicting Friday could be the hottest day of the year. (Andrew Matthews / PA via AP)

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A woman walks along the Old Port of Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as temperatures are expected to hit 42 degrees Celsius ( 107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country.  (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

A woman walks along the Old Port of Marseille, southern France, Friday, August 7, 2020. France has warned the public to prepare for a heat wave as temperatures are expected to hit 42 degrees Celsius ( 107 Fahrenheit) in parts of the country. (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

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