FOLLOWING the Met Office extending its 'extreme heat' weather warning Winchester City Council is making some changes to bin collections.

On Monday (July 11) an Amber Warning for Extreme Heat was declared for the upcoming weekend.

The weather forecaster put out a warning about some exceptionally high temperatures which are possible during Sunday (July 17) and could lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.

The warning originally was due to come into force at midnight on Saturday, July 16, and run through to the same time on Sunday, July 17. However, this has now been expected to cover all of Monday (July 18) and Tuesday (July 19) as well.

Civic chiefs have since taken the decision to collect bins earlier than usual for the week commencing Monday, July 18 to reduce the risk of staff overheating.

Resident are advised to put their bins out the night before.

A city council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that our bin crews will start their rounds at 5:45am during the period of extreme hot weather. We have contacted residents to ask them to leave their bins out the night before their scheduled collection day. Residents near to the depot have been informed that the crews will arrive and leave earlier and the crews are working to ensure that they do so with the minimum disruption to neighbouring households.”

The authority also resumed garden waste collections on Monday after the service was suspended for a week due to staff shortages.

A statement on the council's website said: "We apologise for any inconvenience this unavoidable suspension of service may have caused. Many thanks for your understanding."

For more information on waste collection, visit: winchester.gov.uk/waste-recycling