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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Britain declares its first red alert for summer

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Britain on Monday issued the country’s first extreme heat red alert for much of England, as hot, dry weather battered continental Europe for the past week and affected travel, health care and schools. Influencing has moved towards the north.

According to the UK Bureau of Meteorology, the alert will remain in effect on Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures can reach 40 °C (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time, posing the risk of serious illness and even death of healthy people. Is. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Britain was 38.7 Celsius (101.7 Fahrenheit), a record in 2019.

Heat was a problem in much of Europe, where extreme temperatures and a lack of rain caused major fires in places such as France and Spain.

Penelope Andersby, the director general of the weather agency, said that although temperature records were likely to be broken in south-east England on Monday, the thermometer was expected to rise further on Tuesday as warm air moved north. Extreme heat warnings ranged from London in the south to Manchester and Leeds in the north.

“So it will be tomorrow that we will really likely see temperatures of 40 degrees and above,” Andersby told the BBC. “41 degrees is not ruled out. We also have some 43 in the model, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Summer has hit southern Europe since last week and fires have engulfed Spain, Portugal and France. About 600 heat-related deaths have been reported in Spain and Portugal, where temperatures reached 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) last week.

Climate experts have warned that global warming has increased the frequency of extreme weather events, with studies showing that the chances of temperatures reaching 40 °C in the UK are now 10 times higher than in the pre-industrial era. Droughts and heat waves associated with climate change have also made fighting fires more difficult.

Authorities in the Gironde region of southern France have announced plans to evacuate an additional 3,500 people from fire-prone cities. More than 1,500 firefighters and planes who released water tried to douse the blaze in the area’s dry pine forests.

In the UK, rail operators have told users not to travel unless absolutely necessary as the heat is likely to deform the tracks and affect power supplies, causing significant delays. Some medical appointments were also canceled to reduce pressure on the health service. Although some schools were closed, others set up shallow pools and water sprinklers to help children cool off.

Britain is not used to temperature forecasts this week and some homes, schools or small businesses have air conditioning. Across Britain, average July temperatures ranged from a daily high of 70 °F (21 °C) to a low of 53 °F (12 °C).

There won’t be much respite from the heat at night, with the Met Office in London expecting temperatures of 84 Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) at midnight.

The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Davis warned Monday night would be “very oppressive” and it would be difficult to sleep in the heat.

“And tomorrow is the day we’re really worried about the prospect of reaching 40 or 41 Celsius, and with it all the health complications that come with those high temperatures,” Davis said.

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