‘The gates of hell are opening… close everything!’ Social media is being inundated with hysterical memes amid warnings of a 40C heatwave in “Death Valley” next week
- Weather experts predict record-breaking temperatures for Monday and Tuesday
- Forecasters say it could hit 40C on Tuesday, sparking panic on social media
- Users were quick to compare the temperatures to hell before the scorching heat
Social media users have shared their despair over predicted temperatures next week, which could reach record-breaking highs.
Britain will next week experience its hottest day on record with an unprecedented high of 40C (104F) on Tuesday, forecasters said today, as schools offered children the day off and rail travelers were warned of travel chaos.
Meteorologists say there is now a 60 percent chance of beating the UK record of 38.7C (101.6F) set in Cambridge on July 15, 2019 – a probability that has been increasing since earlier this week, when it was 30, percent doubled.
parts of London They are now expected to rise to 39C (102F) next Monday and 40C (104F) on Tuesday BBC Weather – both would break the record that surpassed a previous high of 38.5C on August 10, 2003. The heat comes from above Spain and Portugal, which also had a record heatwave, with highs of 47 °C (117 °F).
The Met Office warned of “widespread impacts on people and infrastructure” from Sunday to Tuesday.
Social media users were quick to share their reactions on Twitter, with many suggesting they might not be at work during the heatwave’s peak.
One user wrote: “Reported 38C on Monday and Tuesday which almost certainly guarantees schools will be closed as they cannot operate in this heat.
“But for me a real slap in the face, because that’s two days of salary just before the summer holidays.”
Another added: “Tbh I think we should all get Monday and Tuesday off work – this heat is going to be terrible.”
A third wrote: “Hell’s Gates coming to London Monday Tuesday shut the hatches.”
It comes as schools prepare to send students home early, cancel physical education classes and ban children from playing outside in a series of measures seen as preparing the country for record-breaking heat.
Pupils at three Herefordshire primary schools have already been told they will not be allowed to play outside after the Met Office issued a 72-hour yellow warning of “extreme heat” from Sunday that poses “a danger to life”. Schools also encourage students to wear a t-shirt and shorts instead of regular clothing to help them stay cool.
Hereford Academy announced an earlier start and end of the school day, while parents at Marlbrook, Little Dewchurch and St Martin primary schools have been told that physical education classes will be canceled and pupils will not be allowed to play outside. A letter added: “We are also giving parents the option to keep children at home on Mondays.”
Meanwhile, Crestwood Community School in Eastleigh, Hampshire, is among the schools canceling sports day.
In East London, the headmistress at Clapton Girls’ Academy warned against early graduation amid fears the school’s facilities could not withstand the heat. Anna Feltham told parents: “Many classrooms are already very hot, even with fans, and students are struggling to stay cool, drink enough water and maintain focus in class.
“Next week’s heat wave will make many classrooms unbearably hot for periods two and five. We’ve looked at a number of options, but don’t have enough ‘cool’ rooms to reschedule the classroom.’
And Red Hall Primary School in Darlington has banned children from playing outside in the scorching heat unless they wear a hat, saying it was a “real concern” that many pupils went to school without one this week .
Health chiefs fear the NHS will be overwhelmed by a string of heat-related casualties if mercury does indeed rise to levels normally seen only in California’s Death Valley, the hottest place on earth.
The Met Office Sunday-Tuesday alert, issued earlier this week, said the weather could cause health problems across the population, not just among people exposed to extreme heat, resulting in potentially serious illness or death .