People across Scotland have been urged to “take care and look out for others” as the country gets set for a potentially record breaking two-day heatwave.
The advice comes as the amber warning issued over the predicted temperatures on Monday and Tuesday has been extended to cover more of the country.
The Met Office is now warning that the extreme heat will also hit parts of eastern and central Scotland as well as the south of the country.
On Tuesday could see Scotland’s hottest day in history with the current record of 32.9C, set at Greycrook, Borders in August 2003, potentially under threat in areas including Hawick, Melrose and Kelso with expected highs of 34C possible.
On Sunday the Amber Extreme Heat warning was extended to cover Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Perthshire and eastern parts of Lanarkshire.
Following the update First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “The next couple of days are set to be exceptionally hot.
“Please take care and follow sensible advice – keep out of direct sun, stay well-hydrated and look out for others who may be suffering from the heat.”
The public have been warned over sunburn and heat exhaustion, with changes in working practices and daily routines recommended.
There is also a possible risk of power cuts due to failures in heat-sensitive systems and equipment.
With more people likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers, there could be an increased risk of incidents near water.
The Scottish Government’s resilience minister Keith Brown said: “We are aware of the extension to the weather warnings currently in place and are receiving regular updates from partners including the Met Office and emergency services.
“Our resilience arrangements have been activated and stand ready at all times to co-ordinate a response to severe weather issues where required. We will continue to closely monitor developments.
“When temperatures increase, it’s important to monitor forecasts and follow public health advice, including staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol.
“I would also urge people to look out for vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, as older people, those with underlying conditions and those living alone may struggle to keep cool and hydrated.”
Those planning on travelling to the red warning areas should expect “significant disruption”, he said.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued a water scarcity warning.
In the east of Scotland, areas such as the Dee, Firth of Forth, Almond and Tyne catchment areas have been raised to moderate scarcity which means businesses that extract water from the areas should do so only “if absolutely necessary”, Sepa warned.
A large part of England including London has a red warning in place for Monday and Tuesday with record-breaking temperatures expected.
This has led to the UK Health Security Agency issuing its first level four alert, which is described as a “national emergency”.
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