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Heatwave health warning as Britons told to stay indoors

Britons are advised to stay indoors after forecasters warned that much of the country would be hotter than Barbados during a two-day heatwave.

Hospitals and care homes have been put on alert for an increase in admissions with health and social services staff on standby to contact the ill and vulnerable.

The Met Office issued a Level Two alert, triggered when temperatures are predicted to reach between 84F (28C) and 89F (32C) over two days and not dip below 59F (15C) and 64F (18C) at night.

People in the South East, East and Midlands have been told to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.