Extreme Heat In The UK: People in the UK are being advised to stay indoors and avoid non-essential travel as Monday was the hottest day in the country. For the first time since the start of the temperature record, the mercury is moving towards the 40 degree Celsius mark. A national emergency is in force by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office of Meteorology has issued its first Red Alert for the heat, which can be caused by extreme heat. There is a warning of danger to life. The heatwave has reached its peak on Tuesday before some rain is forecast for Wednesday.
Professor Penny Andersby, chief executive of the Met Office, said: “We may be seeing the hottest day in UK history.” “Tomorrow (Tuesday) there is a possibility of 40C and above, which can go up to 41 cards, some models have some 43, but we are hoping that it will not be that hot,” he said. He urged people to take the warnings seriously.
Professor Andersby said, “These temperatures are unprecedented and we are not used to dealing with it – the heat causes many hundreds or thousands of additional deaths, so people need to follow the advice to stay in the shade, stay cool and hydrated ” The highest temperature ever recorded in Britain was 38.7 C (101.7 F) in 2019.
People are being given this warning
People are being warned of major disruptions in travel by train and car. Downing Street stated that “railway speed restrictions may be needed on some parts of the network … to manage hot weather and avoid any potential damage”. Very hot temperatures can affect rails, overhead power lines and signaling equipment, as well as “bend and buckle” tracks.
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