Have your say: Brits should have the day off during extreme heat

Exceptional heat is expected to affect a large part of England this week, with temperatures soaring to 41C in some parts of the country – but is this too hot to work?

The Met Office has issued the first ever red extreme heat warning for Monday and Tuesday this week, covering parts of central, northern, eastern and southeastern England.

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency has issued a Level Four heat-health alert covering the whole of England for both days, which warns: 'Illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.'

Hospitals have cancelled appointments and many businesses have announced two day closures including restaurants, bars, zoos and wildlife centres – while millions will work from home.

A union has urged workplaces to send Brits home if temperatures soar above 25C amid the heatwave.

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The GMB said a “maximum working temperature” should be set at 25C in law, forcing bosses to take mitigating measures like air conditioning.

Chiefs also urged flexible working and dress codes, extra breaks and access to water – as Britain has a legal minimum temperature but not a maximum.

Legally, there is no strict set of guidelines relating to when your employers must send you home – however, there are a number of suggestions and pieces of guidance laid out clearly by the Government.

For example, according to the Government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), under the Workplace Regulations of 1992 employers have a responsibility to ensure that conditions are “reasonable” for employees.

The guidance goes on to say that employers have a responsibility for “keeping the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort” and for “providing clean and fresh air”.

With life-threatening temperatures expected this week, do you think Brits should have the day off work to cope with the scorching heat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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