Schools in Herefordshire are putting plans in place to prepare for the hot weather that is forecast for early next week.

It comes as the Met Office extended it’s "risk to life" warning for a further 24 hours ahead of what forecasters predict could be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK this weekend.

There is a 30 per cent chance that Sunday will be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK.

A Met Office amber warning for extreme heat in Herefordshire is set to come into force on Sunday and last throughout Monday.


"Some exceptionally high temperatures are possible and cumulative effects of warm nights and hot days are expected to bring widespread impacts to people and infrastructure," the Met Office said.

The Hereford Academy in Marlbrook Road has moved its sports day forward from next Monday (July 18), when temperatures are expected to reach at least 36 degrees celsius in the city.

The activities will instead be held across the rest of this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

It has also taken the steps of adjusting the timetable for the last week of term.

The school day will start earlier at 8.30am and finish earlier at 2pm in an attempt to avoid the heat of the day.

Meanwhile Lady Hawkins School in Kington has advised students to not wear their blazers and ties during the hot weather.

A statement on its Facebook page said: "We have been asked about PE kit, but we feel the white shirts will actually be cooler and students will have more than one to last the week so it’ll be easier on parents too."

Schools follow the same regulations as workplaces.

Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that the temperature in the workplace is "reasonable".

As heatwaves become more common in the UK the National Union of Teachers (NUT) expects schools to have plans in place for such temperatures.

The NUT safety briefing said: "Other steps may also need to considered such as closing classrooms which are unacceptably hot and teaching classes elsewhere, or even sending pupils home, provided reasonable notice has been given to parents."