The heatwave in parts of Britain is expected to reach a ‘crescendo’ on Friday as temperatures soar to 34C (93.2F).
Britons sizzled on the hottest day of the year on Wednesday as temperatures hit 28C in parts of London and parts of the south east were unusually hot.
A further rise is forecast for Thursday, with highs of 29C in and around London.
The mercury will rise a few notches on Friday, with a sizzling 34C forecast in the South East and temperatures between 27C and 30C across most of England and Wales.
An increase in hot weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that this week’s heat wave would normally be ‘rare’ for June.
The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have issued a Level 3 health alert for South East England, London and East England, while a Level 1 alert is in place for the North of England.
UK heatwaves will become more deadly due to climate change, experts warn
Forecasters have warned that Friday could be a contender for the hottest June day on record with highs in parts of the southeast approaching 34C (93F).
The unusually hot weather has led some experts to warn of the “serious” health implications the sweltering heat can bring.
Dr. Mariam Zachariah, research associate, said The Independent The global implications of increasing heat waves have serious consequences, but could also help people cope with the scale of the climate crisis.
She said: “Heat waves have direct implications for both health and food security, and therefore can help the public understand the impact of climate change.
Read more from our environment correspondent Harry Cockburn here:
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 3:45 p.m.
Explanation: what is a heat wave?
If it is undeniable that the United Kingdom is experiencing a heat wave, can it be called a heat wave?
The Met Office defines a heatwave as “an extended period of hot weather relative to conditions expected in the region at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity”.
In the UK, hot weather can only be considered a heat wave if it reaches a daily maximum temperature consistently for three consecutive days.
Here’s everything you need to know about heat waves:
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 3:24 p.m.
Heatwave sparks growing concern for climate
On that note, experts called on people to think more seriously about what increased heat waves mean for the climate, as well as our health.
Professor Hannah Cloke, from the University of Reading, said: “Despite official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and do not change their plans to take it into account.
“We need to look at how people are reacting to the current warnings and keep improving them. An alert system that people ignore is almost useless.
“Thousands of people are already dying from excess heat in the UK, and climate change will only make heat waves more frequent and more extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die to take heat waves seriously.
Dr Vikki Thompson, a climatologist at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: ‘Heat waves are one of the deadliest natural hazards, in the UK 3,000 deaths have been linked to heat waves in 2021.
“Heat-related health problems include direct effects, such as heat stroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects, including poorer mental health and increased accidents such as car accidents and drownings. .”
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:55 p.m.
Experts warn of health risks posed by heat wave
Experts have warned people of the dangers surrounding hot weather.
Dr Radhika Khosla from the University of Oxford said: ‘The health implications of rising temperatures in the UK are serious.
“Significant physiological changes occur in response to high temperatures, including changes in our circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems.
“When these adaptations are not enough, the risk of cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular problems increases in the elderly, young children, people with chronic diseases, athletes and outdoor workers.
“Intense heat disrupts sleep, impairs cognitive performance, and is associated with an increased risk of suicide or hospitalization for mental illness.”
Jason Kelly, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said the ‘unusual’ weather means temperatures are expected to be in the 20s or even 20s overnight.
Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: ‘Reaching 34C in June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the UK’s historical climate record.
“But if it were to happen this week, it would be notable that it would have happened over three days in the last six months of June.”
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:35 p.m.
Pollen levels remain high as heat wave continues
The Met Office has released a pollen forecast, which sees very high levels in England and Wales.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have a medium to high level, as people with hay fever will still feel the effects of grass and nettle pollen.
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:15 p.m.
Don’t forget your FPS, warns the Met Office
If you’re going out to sunbathe today, keep your sunscreen handy.
The Met Office has issued a reminder on Twitter to ensure sun-seekers protect their skin when heading into the heat.
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 1:50 p.m.
A hot weekend in the shop
A Met Office forecaster has said many parts of the UK can expect highs in the mid-20s to early 30s as a ‘huge ploom of continental heat’ is felt across the UK. Europe, sweeping Britain.
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 1:27 p.m.
The best UK beaches, chosen by the travel bureau
As 30C temperatures scorch the UK, The Independent’s travel desk picks the best beaches Britain has to offer. Here are their top 10 UK beaches:
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 12:53
lunch in the sun
Lunchtime is upon us, so whether you’re taking an early break or a late lunch, you won’t miss the sun!
For Scotland and Northern Ireland, there will be some dry spells between bouts of rain.
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 12:20 p.m.
Dorset seaside is closed as traders lose out to heat wave
Shopkeepers at a seaside resort have slammed officials for closing their beach in the midst of a heat wave.
The sandy beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset is set to teem with tourists this week as temperatures soar above 30C.
But instead the seafront is empty of bathers as the local council has dredging planned for the whole week.
The beach has been completely closed to the public since Monday and will not reopen until Friday evening.
Local businesses that rely on tourists called the moment ridiculous and said it affected trade.
Audrey Bellacott, of the Beach House Cafe, said: “We believe the timing is extremely bad and it affects all businesses along the beachfront.
“The guns they take out of port are black and horrible.
“I don’t know why they chose to do it in mid-June. People don’t bring their children because they have nowhere to play.
A Dorset Council spokesperson said: ‘Dorset Council carries out the annual dredging work in the harbor and we expect to reopen the majority of the sandy beach this Friday before the weekend.
“All other beaches in Lyme Regis will remain open during the works, including the shingle section of Front Beach, Monmouth Beach, Church Cliff Beach and East Beach.
“Obviously we cannot predict when a heat wave will occur, but we had already revised our scheduled work at Lyme Regis to avoid disrupting local Queen’s Jubilee celebrations during mid-term.”
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 12:01