August 15, 2022

Britain has its hottest day on record

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Britain had its hottest day on Monday, with temperatures forecast to hit 40 degrees Celsius for the first time. House.

Much of Europe is baking in a heat wave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40s Celsius (over 110 Fahrenheit) in some areas, with wildfires raging in Portugal, Spain and France. read more

Britain’s government has triggered a “national emergency” alert as temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are forecast to surpass the 38.7C (102F) recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens in 2019.

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In the afternoon, readings of nearly 35C were recorded in southern England.

“It’s been a tough 48 hours before we arrive,” Kit Malthouse, the minister responsible for government integration, told BBC radio. He will then chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee.

The National Rail Network urged passengers not to travel non-essentially and said some services – including a key line between north-east England and London – would not run in some areas on Tuesday.

London’s Metro network imposed temporary speed restrictions, meaning journeys will take longer than usual to run a reduced service. It also urged travelers to stay at home.

Jake Kelly of Network Rail said he hoped normal operations would resume on Wednesday, when temperatures are forecast to drop, but that would “depend on the damage the weather does to infrastructure over the next couple of days”.

High alert

The government insisted that schools remain open, but with many closing earlier than usual, demands for normal uniforms were dropped and end-of-term sports days were cancelled. Some schools were closed, resorting to online lessons in lockdown style.

The public was warned not to swim in open water to cool off, as police in northeast England recovered the body of a 13-year-old boy who had struggled in a river on Monday.

A major zoo in Chester said it would close for two days, while London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo said many animals could retreat to “colder zones” and some exhibits may close.

Some factories brought forward opening hours to prevent workers in hot jobs like welding from getting sick.

The Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) raised the heat health alert to level 4 for the first time in the UK on Monday and Tuesday.

Britain’s Met Office defines a Level 4 alert as a national emergency, when a heatwave is “so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend beyond the health and social care system. In this case, illness and death may occur. Fit and healthy, high-risk Not just in groups”.

The Met Office said “significant” changes to work routines and daily routines would be required, and there was a high risk of heat-sensitive systems and equipment malfunctioning, leading to localized loss of electricity, water or mobile phone services.

Malthouse said the government was prepared for the extreme weather and was seeking to learn from it.

“We definitely need to adapt some of our infrastructure in light of the way we build buildings, the way we operate and the frequency of these events seems to be increasing,” he said.

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Reporting by Kate Holden and Michael Holden; Editing: William Schomberg and Alex Richardson

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