Red heat warning issued in UK for first time ever

News / Fri 15th Jul 2022 am31 11:17am

A RED warning for extreme heat has been issued in much of England and Wales for the first time ever – meaning there is a “very likely” risk to life.

The Met Office, which has issued the warning, advises people “should take action now to keep yourself and others safe” and avoid travelling, where possible.

“Substantial disruption” is expected to travel and energy supplies, while there may also be widespread damage to property and infrastructure, according to the Met Office’s website.

Since Monday, parts of the UK had been issued an amber warning, indicating there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness.

The amber warning for extreme heat for much of England and Wales had been put in place until the end of Tuesday, with the hot spell expected to peak at the start of next week, but has now been upgraded.

Tuesday could be the hottest day and it is highly likely the 38.7C (101.7F) set in Cambridge in July 2019 will be exceeded, with somewhere in the south-east possibly reaching 40C. This is unprecedented in the UK. 

What’s the danger?

The extreme weather has already increased the strain on hospital and train services.

Cabinet Office minister Kit Malthouse has said the government is preparing for a “surge” in demand on the NHS and other services due to the expected heatwave.

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5 Comments for Red heat warning issued in UK for first time ever:

2022-07-15 11:34:25

No news from HM Government as to what these "preparations" are for the surge in NHS demand, potential blackouts, and shutdown of the railways because of buckled rails?

2022-07-15 12:35:55

Based on met office past performance, I am getting my jumper and waterproofs ready. Seriously 40 degrees is nothing. When I were a lad……………

2022-07-15 14:21:04

40c isn't normal for the uk, weather like that is normal in France Spain or Italy but not here, UK highest temperature is 38.7c I believe

2022-07-16 00:15:00

-40c & -40f are equal... fun fact.

2022-07-16 07:06:22

No one cares about the bus drivers in this hot weather

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