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The Dogs Die in Hot Cars coalition group launched its annual welfare campaign yesterday in the wake of the lockdown's partial easing.

dogs hot carsRSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “While the country is still in lockdown, the Government has eased some restrictions just as the weather forecast predicts more hot temperatures sweeping across the country.

“It means more people are likely to be out and about with their dogs and we want to remind owners that dogs can struggle in the heat.

"We’d urge everybody to consider their pet’s welfare, and to never ever leave them alone in stationary vehicles on a warm day. Leaving your dog at home with access to water and somewhere that is cool is safer.”

Temperatures are set to soar in Calne this week with Wednesday reaching a predicted 24C in a hot spell for Wiltshire.

The Met Office say that temperatures will rise throughout the week as warm air moves from Europe northwards to the South West.

The remainder of the week will be cooler after the peak on Wednesday with more unsettled conditions and the chance of thunderstorms.