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UK drivers face £1,000 fines for not drinking enough water amid Met Office heat warning

British drivers hoping to make the most of the weather this weekend, face £1,000 fines for not drinking enough water as the Met Office extends its amber warning over the potentially deadly heatwave .

Drivers are advised to ensure they are properly hydrated before setting off to avoid the four-figure fine.

Motorists risk hefty fines for ‘not having adequate control’ of a vehicle due to symptoms of dehydration including dizziness and loss of concentration while driving, reports The Express.

It comes amid a Met Office warning of extreme heat for much of England and Wales is now in place from Sunday until the end of Tuesday, with the heat wave expected to peak on Monday or Tuesday.

The Met Office said: “Adverse population-wide health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potential serious illness or life-threatening .”

Widespread disruption, including road closures and cancellations and delays to rail and air travel, is also possible, as temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-30s or higher.

Forecasters estimate there is a 30 per cent chance the mercury will exceed the current British record of 38.7°C (101.7°F), set in Cambridge in 2019.

NHS tips for staying hydrated during the UK heatwave

According to the NHS, Britons should drink between six and eight glasses of water a day, or 1.2 to 1.5 litres.

UK drivers urged to drink more water

Mike Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at Rental optionsTold The Express: We usually check the water and oil levels of our car before leaving, but how many people check their water levels themselves?

“When you start your car before a long drive, you might not think that drinking an extra glass of water before leaving the house would affect your driving abilities, but you would be wrong.

“Drinking more water will not only have a positive effect on the body, but also prevent the chances of dizziness or loss of concentration because of it.”