LONDON: Britain’s first extreme heat warning goes into effect for parts of Britain as authorities brace for record high temperatures that are disrupting travel, healthcare and schools.
The “red” warning will last through Monday and Tuesday as temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time, posing a risk of serious illness and even death in healthy people. strong, according to the UK’s Met Office, the country’s weather service. Tallest temperature ever recorded in the UK was 38.7C (101.7F), a record set in 2019.
Cabinet Office Minister Kit Malthouse said: “We need to recognize that there are some people who are not going to do well in the heat and what we want is for people to pay attention to them.
Train operators are asking customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary as the heat can warp tracks and disrupt power supplies, leading to severe delays. Some medical appointments have been canceled to ease the strain on the medical service. While some schools have closed, others are setting up wading pools and fountains to help kids cool off.
The Met Office’s chief meteorologist, Paul Davies, warned that Monday night would be “very stuffy” and it would be difficult to sleep in the heat.
“And tomorrow is the day we are really concerned about the possibility of 40 or 41 degrees Celsius, and all the health conditions that come with that higher temperature,” said Davies.