UK heatwave: Should you keep windows open overnight? Rise in burglaries during hot weather

Temperatures could hit 38C in parts of UK tomorrow making for the hottest July on record. The south-east of England will bear the brunt of the fierce heat with London forecast to be especially hard hit. Elsewhere the mercury could soar to 35C tomorrow while Newcastle won’t peak above 26C.

Scotland has been plagued by lightning this morning as hot and muggy conditions cause thunderstorms.

A Met Office thunderstorm warning has been issued through the whole of the UK, minus Northern Ireland, and is forecast to last throughout this morning.

The evenings are also set to be sizzling as the brutal heat lasts overnight.

The south-east will experience highs of 34C during tomorrow night which temperatures not dipping below 30C before midnight.

Britons will be keen to do anything to keep cool including keeping their windows overnight to bring in that cool breeze.

But doing so could make your home vulnerable to thieves, a new study has found.

Should I keep my windows open overnight?

Confused.com Home Insurance expert Tom Vaughan has warned about the risks of leaving windows open during hot evenings.

Mr Vaughn said: “As everyone will be looking for ways to cool down as temperatures hit the high-30s this week, it’s only natural to open the windows in our homes.

“But now is the time to be extra vigilant so that our home security isn’t compromised.

“From June to August last year, there were 102,415 burglaries across the UK.

“We know that thieves are attracted to targets of opportunity, so we need to be particularly careful when opening windows and doors this summer.”

Mr Vaughn encouraged Britons to lock up properly when they leave home and to keep any valuables out of sight if they choose to leave the windows open at night.

“We should all be locking up when we leave the house and keeping valuables hidden away from plain sight, or we could be invalidating our home insurance.

“If you do fall victim to the summer thieves and you’re confused about what to do, you can use our guide for the best advice.”

Public Health England has issued a health warning during the extreme heat.

Elderly people and children are advised to stay indoors at the hottest points of the day.

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