THE SIZZLING heatwave will continue this week with temperatures reaching highs of 32C in Berkshire.

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher on Monday.

The Met Office has also issued a level three amber heatwave warning from midnight tonight until 9am on Thursday, July 22, as temperatures could climb to a maximum of 32C.

There is a low chance of isolated heavy showers in the afternoon and thunderstorms later on in the week.

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A Level 3 alert is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 90 per cent chance of heatwave conditions, when temperatures are high enough over threshold levels to have a significant effect on health on at least two consecutive days.

The key public message is to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, walk in the shade and apply sunscreen, avoid physical exertion, wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes and to drink plenty of cold drinks.

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Weather forecast for Berkshire this week

It will be a mainly dry day on Tuesday, with long periods of sunshine. Isolated heavy showers may develop during the afternoon, mainly in the west. Very warm or locally hot. Maximum Temperature 30 °C.

Mainly dry again Wednesday and Thursday with long spells of sunshine, possible afternoon showers mainly in west. Dry Friday with occasionally hazy sunshine. Warm or very warm throughout.