Hot UK weather: How to stay cool during a heatwave
Britain is expected to have its hottest day on record this week, with temperatures set to explode to 42C as a heatwave sweeps the nation.
People are advised not to travel by public transport transport unless “absolutely necessary” as benefits will be reduced due to heat wave. It comes after met office issued yellow and red alerts warning of “possible serious illness or danger to life”.
London North East Railway (LNER) tweeted: “On Tuesday 19th July DO NOT TRAVEL between London Kings Cross and South of York & Leeds as there will be no trains running. Only travel to other destinations if necessary.”
Avanti West Coast said passengers should only travel Sunday through Tuesday if “absolutely necessary” as there will be fewer services and potential delays due to “speed restrictions imposed by Network Rail”.
Meanwhile, BBC weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King has hinted that temperatures in the East Midlands could hit 42C on Tuesday – and tweeted that that heat “simply shouldn’t happen”.
People should “take it easy” during the heatwave but could go to the beach, Malthouse suggests
People should “just take it easy” during the heatwave and could go to the beach to avoid the worst of the “wild” heat, a Cabinet minister suggested.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Kit Malthouse, told Sky News: “Obviously if you’re lucky enough not to be working today and you’re going to the beach, I know you’re going to take plenty of sunscreen and water and an umbrella and all those kinds of things of things and being reasonable. But we have to recognize that there are some people who are not coping well with the heat and we want everyone to take care of them.
“A lot of people will go about their lives quite normally, for example we have said that schools should stay open and children should go to school, very often they are safer in schools and children need to study and schools can take care of them and keep them hydrated and keep them nice and cool.
“But we just have to be sensible, we’ve never seen this kind of heat in this country.”
Mr Malthouse defended the idea that people could still go to the beach: “Some people might want to. It will be cooler on the coast than in the center of the country, particularly in the Midlands and London.
“But what we’re telling people is that they need to take responsibility for themselves, realize this is some really wild heat that we’ve never seen in this country, and adjust their behavior accordingly.”
Joe MiddletonJuly 18, 2022 08:11
Heat waves are getting worse – what role does climate change play?
With summer in full swing, heat waves have already engulfed parts of the United States, Europe and South Asia with record-breaking temperatures and deadly conditions.
Over the past 100 years, heat waves have become hotter and more frequent around the world, according to the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global authority on climate science.
The global average temperature has risen by about 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) since the industrial revolution began in the 19th century.
The IPCC agrees unequivocally on what is causing this additional warming in the atmosphere: emissions, largely due to humanity’s burning of fossil fuels.
About 90 percent of the heat is absorbed by the ocean
Joe MiddletonJuly 18, 2022 07:47
The meteorologist warns that Monday night will be “very oppressive”.
The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Davies warned Monday night will be “very oppressive” and it will be difficult to sleep in the heat.
The top forecaster said he was “really worried” about the UK hitting 40 or 41C on Tuesday.
He told Sky News: “Tonight is going to be very depressing, I mean it’s difficult sleeping conditions actually.
“And tomorrow is the day where we’re really worried about a good chance of reaching 40 or 41C now and with it any health issues that come with those higher temperatures.”
Joe MiddletonJuly 18, 2022 07:36
Boy, 16, dies while swimming in open water amid heatwave warnings
A teenager has died while swimming in a canal in Manchester with friends Greater Manchester, at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.
police, fire brigade and ambulance were called and a search initiated. The body of a boy was located and recovered overnight by specialized divers.
As the record-breaking heat wave begins, people should resist the temptation to cool off in reservoirs, rivers, canals or ponds.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain has more:
Police are warning the public about the dangers of open water swimming
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 07:15
Heat wave dominates the front pages of the newspapers
Monday’s front pages will be dominated by the heatwave, which will push temperatures above 40C, threatening the government to declare a national heatwave emergency for the first time.
The guard and The Daily Telegraph Carry fears of “Meltdown Monday” with you The Independent adding that ministers were urged to “take action to make Britain fit to deal with extreme heat”.
Fears over ‘Meltdown Monday’ are leading today’s newspapers as the UK prepares for its first national heatwave emergency.
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 07:00
Rail companies are telling people not to travel
More than a dozen railway companies are pushing for it British Not to travel early next week as the UK’s first red warning for extreme heat goes into effect.
A total of 21 operators – from transport to the Wales and Gatwick Express to the Transpennine Express and Southern – said they will offer a slower service on Monday and Tuesday after National Rail imposed speed restrictions on its network.
Speed limits are used by train companies in hot weather to prevent track damage and rail buckling.
Cancellations and reduced services will be introduced on Monday and Tuesday.
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 6:43 am
Water suppliers report supply problems
Water utilities are struggling with supply due to the hot weather, with some reporting lower pressure levels and others warning of further disruption.
The company urged customers to avoid unnecessary water use and said it forecast an additional 164 million liters of water would be needed on Monday, compared to normal demand.
Millions more liters of water are expected to be consumed on Monday.
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 6:25 am
Editor: We have to take this heat wave seriously – even if the prime minister doesn’t want it
“Unaccustomed as Brits are to such hot weather, the heatwave will no doubt bring an unwanted increase in sunstroke and heat exhaustion. It’s only to be expected.
It’s an unprecedented phenomenon in modern times (when dinosaurs roamed Surrey it was undoubtedly a normal situation), and there’s a natural tendency to come out and enjoy it while it lasts. Before long, of course, UK residents will be trembling with fear of gas bills in their poorly insulated Victorian terraces and replica Tudor semi-finished products from the interwar period.”
Editorial: A man with little to lose but his reputation, Johnson has put pleasure before duty and skipped the Cobra meeting called to coordinate response to the crisis
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 06:06
London ‘is getting hotter than the Caribbean and Sahara’ amid emergency alert
The rise in temperature has forced the UK Health Security Agency to issue a Level 4 heat health alert – described as an “emergency” – while the Met Office has issued the UK’s first red extreme heat warning, both running Monday to Wednesday .
The Met Office has forecast the capital could hit highs of 38C as the heatwave sweeps across England.
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 5:21 am
What is a heat wave?
The Met Office defines a heatwave as “a prolonged period of hot weather relative to the area’s expected conditions at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity”.
The UK occasionally experiences heat waves, but these are less frequent and more intense than elsewhere in the world.
A record was broken in the summer of 2019 with a maximum temperature of 38.7°C recorded on July 25 in the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens.
Glorious sunshine and scorching temperatures return to Britain
Stuti MishraJuly 18, 2022 3:49 am