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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Britain declares its first red alert for summer

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Britain sounded the country’s first red alert for extreme heat across much of England on Monday, as authorities braced for high temperatures already affecting travel, health care and schools.

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.”

Rail operators asked users not to travel unless absolutely necessary as the heat could affect 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.

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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