Met Office issues red weather warning with extreme heat & ‘danger to life’ ahead of 3-day scorcher


THE Met Office has issued a red extreme ‘danger to life’ warning ahead of a three-day scorcher this weekend.

Brits are being cautioned over an “exceptional hot spell on Monday and Tuesday leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure”.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-30s in much of England over the coming days, according to the Met Office.

On average, the mercury will remain in the mid-20s for the last working day of the week, before rising to around 35C (95F) in southern, central and eastern areas of England by Tuesday, forecasters predict.

Grahame Madge, Met Office spokesman, said: “We’ve just issued a red warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday which is the first such warning ever issued.

“The warning covers an area from London up to Manchester and then up to the Vale of York.

Britain has basked in sweltering temps this week, leading the UK’s Health Security Agency Heat Health Alert to reach Level 3 – which means that temperatures are likely to have a high impact on public life.

Tuesday is likely to be the hottest day during this heatwave, with the potential to top the UK record temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) set in Cambridge in 2019, forecasters said.

The warning says the weather could cause health problems across the population, not just among people vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potentially serious illness or danger to life.

Avanti West Coast has warned their train services may be cancelled at the last minute.

Residents of the South and South West can expect warm sunshine while outbreaks of showery rain moving south-east across northern and central areas of the UK.

London is forecast to experience 26C on Friday, while 23C is predicted for Cardiff, 20C in Belfast and 19C in Edinburgh, according to the Met Office.

Saturday is also set to start with overcast skies and scattered showers in northern areas, before turning dry across the nation as the extreme heat moves in.

During the peak of the heatwave on Tuesday, 36C is predicted in the capital, 28C in Cardiff, 26C in Belfast and 25C in Edinburgh.

Cabinet Office minister Kit Malthouse has said the Government is preparing for a “surge” in demand on a number of services.

After chairing a meeting of the Cobra civil contingencies committee in Whitehall, Mr Malthouse urged the public to look out for people who were particularly vulnerable in the heat.

The company said that weekend services may be cancelled at short notice while journeys on Monday and Tuesday will be subject to amended timetables.

England’s chief medical officer, Professor Sir Chris Whitty, asked people on Twitter to look out for each other.

He said: “The Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning for next week.

“Please remember the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke especially for older and medically vulnerable people.

“Early intervention to cool people down and rehydrate them can be lifesaving.”

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