Heatwave to take hold this weekend

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Temperatures are set to soar again this weekend as the heatwave takes hold.

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 warning for Yorkshire, which means temperatures are expected to climb to heatwave levels throughout Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures in Dewsbury and North Kirklees are expected to reach the high twenties over the weekend, peaking at 28°C today, 27°C on Saturday and 24°C on Sunday.

The RSPCA has reminded dog-owners of their role in keeping their pets safe throughout the summer months. The animal welfare charity received around 350 calls for help last weekend, as concerned callers found hundreds of animals trapped in hot cars.

RSPCA North regional superintendent Martin Marsh said: “Leaving a window open simply isn’t enough. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive in what is a horrendous death.”

Yorkshire Water has warned of the dangers that come with swimming in reservoirs. While reservoirs may seem like a good place to cool down, a fun day in the sunshine may quickly turn into a tragic accident.

Yorkshire Water said that it is often the chilling temperatures and strong water currents beneath the surface that can lead to fatalities, as swimmers are pulled into the supply network after their muscles go into cramp.

The company, which provides the county with around 1.3 billion litres of water a day, have also spoke out about the need to preserve water.

Matt Thompson of Yorkshire Water said: “We would always encourage our customers to be water-wise and only use what they need, regardless of the time of year.”