HR experts, employment lawyers and unions are asking employers to make staff safety the top priority as temperatures are set to reach new records this week.
A red warning of extreme heat is now in place in much of London, the south-east and parts of northern England, while an amber warning has been extended to Wales, southern Scotland and the rest of England.
A red warning means that there is a risk to life that extends outside of the health and social care system. The warning will be in place today (18 July) and Tuesday when temperatures are expected to hit 40ºC in the afternoons, before returning to the mid-20s on Wednesday.
This would mean that temperatures could break records and surpass the highest ever recorded temperature, which was 38.7ºC on 25 July 2019.
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