UK weather forecast today: A national emergency could be declared if temperatures hit 40C

UK weather: the latest Met Office forecast

Ministers are reportedly drawing up plans for an emergency response to the heat wave currently hitting the country, following the Met Office’s orange heat warning on Monday.

The The telegraph of the day reported that a Cobra meeting had been held in Downing Street about soaring temperatures in the UK and the possible danger to life if temperatures hit 40C.

The orange extreme heat alert has been issued by the Met Office for “unusually high” temperatures until Sunday, with forecasters warning that the conditions can potentially cause serious illness and even death.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) could declare a “level four emergency” if the heat becomes so severe that “illness and death can occur among fit and healthy people”.

A spokesperson told the newspaper: “There is a possibility of a level four heat wave. If it rises above 104 F (40 C), it will likely be a level four heat wave for the first time. »

The heatwave is just beginning and forecasters have refused to rule out the possibility that the UK could see record temperatures of 40C towards the end of the week.

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UK heat wave: How to help the homeless in extreme heat

An intense heat wave is currently sweeping the UK, with temperatures so high that the Met Office has issued an orange extreme heat alert.

Temperatures already exceeded 30C across much of England on Monday July 12 and Wales experienced its hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office warns it could get even hotter over the course of the week, with temperatures predicted to reach 35C in the south-east of the country on Sunday July 17.

The UK Health and Safety Agency has warned that extreme heat could lead to ‘illness and death’ even among those who are not vulnerable.

Rough sleepers are particularly vulnerable during heat waves without shelter to protect them from soaring temperatures.

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Pictured: Brits take advantage of the heatwave this week

A man enjoys the sunny weather with his dog on the beach at Seapoint in south Dublin on Sunday

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People enjoying the warm weather on the beach at Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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People on the beach at Barry Island, Wales

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Huge fire engulfs North Yorkshire field amid heatwave

Huge fire engulfs North Yorkshire field amid heatwave

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TUC asks staff to work from home or adjust hours during heatwave

The TUC has urged employers to relax dress codes, let staff work from home or adjust their hours during the UK heatwave.

The TUC says employers can help their workers by:

  • Sun protection: Prolonged exposure to the sun is dangerous for outdoor workers, so employers should provide sunscreen.
  • Enable flexible working: Giving staff the flexibility to arrive earlier or stay later will allow them to avoid the stifling and unpleasant conditions of rush hour commutes. Bosses should also consider allowing staff to work from home in hot weather.
  • Keep Workplace Buildings Cooler: Workplaces can be kept cooler and more bearable by taking simple steps such as opening windows, using fans, keeping staff away from windows or heat sources, or the installation of ventilation or air cooling.
  • Temporarily relax their workplace dress codes: Encouraging staff to work in more casual clothes than usual – leaving jackets and ties at home – will help them stay cool.
  • Keeping Staff Comfortable: Allowing staff to take frequent breaks and providing a supply of cold beverages will help all workers stay cool.
  • Talk and listen to staff and their union: Staff will have their own ideas about how best to deal with excessive heat.
  • Reasonable hours and shaded areas for outdoor workers: Outdoor duties should be scheduled for early morning and late afternoon, not between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV radiation levels and temperatures are highest . Skippers should provide awnings/shades where possible.
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Heat waves are getting worse – what role does climate change play?

As summer kicks into high gear, heat waves have already gripped parts of the United States, Europe and South Asia with record high temperatures and deadly conditions.

Over the past 100 years, heat waves have become hotter and more frequent across the world, according to the latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global authority in climatology.

The average global temperature has increased by about 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.

The IPCC is unequivocal about the cause of this extra heat in the atmosphere: emissions created largely by humanity’s burning of fossil fuels.

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I found out the worst thing to do during a heat wave – bar none

No, it’s not a commute, although traveling on public transport during a heat wave is a lot like taking a one-way ticket straight to hell, writes victoria richard.

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30% chance that Sunday will be the hottest day on record in the UK

There is a 30% chance that Sunday will be the hottest day on record in the UK.

On Monday, the Met Office issued an orange weather warning for extreme heat in parts of the UK ahead of another spike in temperatures this week.

The rare warnings indicate that there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness due to the scorching temperatures.

Other issues could include road closures and train and air travel delays or cancellations.

The Met Office said the warning was in place from 12:01 a.m. Sunday until 11:59 p.m., when temperatures were expected to climb into the 30s.

The hottest day on record in the UK was 38.7C recorded at the Cambridge Botanic Garden in July 2019.

On Monday, Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told the PA news agency: “Parts of south-east England could exceed 35C on Sunday.

“At the moment we are looking at a 30% chance of seeing the hottest temperature on record in the UK.”

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Ministers ‘draw up contingency plans for heat wave’

Ministers are reportedly drawing up plans for an emergency response to the heat wave currently hitting the country, following the Met Office’s orange heat warning on Monday.

The Telegraph reported that a Cobra meeting had been held in Downing Street over soaring temperatures in the UK and the possible danger to life if temperatures hit 40C.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) could declare a “level four emergency” if the heat becomes so severe that “illness and death can occur among fit and healthy people”.

A spokesperson told the newspaper: “There is a possibility of a level four heat wave. If it rises above 104 F (40 C), it will likely be a level four heat wave for the first time. »

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Watch: Rare heat warning on Sunday

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Sunday, with “unusually high” temperatures expected in parts of England and Wales.

Learn more about the warning on Independent television:

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What was the hottest temperature yesterday?

Let’s take a look at what happened yesterday – including its hottest temperature: