Commenting on the planned celebration event at Hanley Park on Monday 18 July for the Queen's Baton Relay, Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said:
"Due to the extreme weather temperatures forecast for Monday 18 July, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the activities planned in support of the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay’s in Hanley Park.
"A very rare ‘red’ weather warning, issued when there is a risk to public health, is in anticipation of extreme heat forecast in Stoke-on-Trent on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July. Residents are advised to avoid all non-essential travel, and follow the guidance as set out on the NHS website during this time.
"Residents who are most at risk of harm due to extreme heat conditions are the young, older residents and those with an existing health condition. We recommend that where possible, everyone should take appropriate measures to stay as cool as possible, and to look out for one another during this period."