PUPILS at schools in Stroud have been told to ditch their usual school uniform including blazers to help get them through this week's heatwave.

Mercury levels are expected to soar over the coming days with the Met Office issuing a rare 'extreme heat' amber warning for the weekend.

It states that there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness as a result of the scorching temperatures.

Other issues could include road closures and delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. The forecaster added that it could be extended to Monday next week.

Instead of wearing the usual blazer, the students have been given permission to wear full their summer uniform. 

In a message to parents on Facebook, Marling School said: “It’s going to be warm this week. Please ensure students bring water bottles, sunscreen and hats with them to school.

"There is no requirement to bring blazers this week.” 

Maidenhill School headteacher Mrs Wilson said: "Students have been told this morning that they may remove their ties.

"Under normal circumstances, students are expected to have blazers with them, as we do not want students choosing to wear other additional layers such as hoodies. 

"Given the extreme heat that is expected this week, we have made the decision, that students may leave their ties and blazers at home for this week only.

"Students may also unbutton the top of their shirts and also been advised to stay out of direct sunlight during social time.

"Please do check they have filled water bottles with them each day and if they have PE, that they have sun cream with them."

Stroud News and Journal:

The advice comes as Stroud and the UK was tipped for an even hotter Monday than this weekend as more soaring temperatures are predicted this week. 

The Met Office, which issued the extreme heat amber warning, said it is in place from 12.01am on Sunday to 11.59pm, when temperatures are predicted to soar into the 30s.