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With temperatures across the country set to soar in coming days, some areas are expected to see temperatures reach over 30C thanks to hot air moving from Spain.

As temperatures in Northolt in west London reached 29.5C on Thursday, the week’s weather has surpassed the highest temperature recorded in 2022 so far.

But things are set to get even hotter today, and a sweltering high of 34C is expected in London and some parts of East Anglia, according to forecasters.

As a result, the Met Office has issued a level two heat-health alert for most of southern and central England, in addition to a level one alert for the north of England from Friday to Sunday.

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While the temperatures continue to rise, many people will be spending much of their time at work, leading to one question - is it ever too hot to go to work?

And though it may be a question on a lot of people’s lips, HullLive states that the answer is a bit complicated.

On one hand, many offices have air-con in place, enabling employees to stay fresh and cool while in their place of employment.

However, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of people have worked from home in some capacity, meaning that they may be struggling in the heat.

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As stated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), legally there isn’t a temperature that is too hot for employees to work in.

As a result, it appears that the decision about when rising temperatures become unbearable is a choice that lies with employers.

According to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, there are some requirements in place when it comes to what constitutes a sufficient working environment.

It says: “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.”

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Though people may be working from home during this time, the HSE notes that by law employers are responsible for the health and safety of its employees, whether they work from home or at the office.

While there is no specific guidance relating to a maximum temperature in regards to health and safety, for those who work outdoors the HSE recommends that employers:

Reschedule work for cooling periods in the day

Provide more rest breaks and shaded areas to rest in

Provide access to drinking water

Introduce shaded areas where employees are working

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When it comes to people working indoors, the guidelines state that employers should keep the temperature comfortable and provide fresh air.

Other than that, it’s up to employees to speak with their employers about whether they can work in such temperatures, with it appearing that the more people complain about temperatures in the office, the more this will determine what action is taken.

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