“We do not want to see a peak in excess deaths this summer”
Warnings have been issued in advance of the sweltering conditions, caused by scorching hot air from Africa and the Mediterranean, which will strike later this week.
The plume could even usher in the hottest summer in decades with thermometers expected to hit up to 34C.
If the mercury tips beyond 35C, however, it could smash the 1976 record of 35.6C that was felt in Southampton.
But, the boiling conditions could prove to be a killer for the UK’s elderly and very young.
Malcolm Booth, from the National Federation of Occupations Pensioners, said: “The elderly and very young should make sure they are prepared for the hot weather forecast at the end of this week.
“There are reports of very high humidity levels being reached and this can add tot he problem, especially for people with breathing difficulties.
“We are urging extra caution and would ask people to keep a close eye on elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives during this period of hot weather.”
He added: “We should remember that extreme heat can be dangerous as very cold snaps in the winter, we do not want to see a peak in excess deaths this summer.”
Across the eastern UK, temperatures are expected to rocket rise by 10C, hitting highs of 34C in some areas.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We are going to see a jump in temperatures as we go towards the weekend, particularly in eastern areas like Newcastle.
“We are expecting an increase of around 10C on Saturday as this warmth slowly moves across the country.
“This heat is still coming up from Europe and ultimately northern Europe drawn in by low pressure to the west of the UK in the Atlantic bringing this plume of warm air into the country.
“As we go into the weekend we may see temperatures of 33C or 34C which would be the highest temperatures so far this summer.”