UK weather: Met Office issues amber warning for extreme heat | Weather United Kingdom
The Met Office has issued an orange weather warning for extreme heat across much of the UK next weekend as temperatures hit 32C on Monday and train services were disrupted.
The alert, from Sunday July 17, came as sales of fans, ice cream, sunscreen and umbrellas exploded in the heat wave. The Met Office said temperatures in the south east could exceed 35C (95F) this weekend, posing a potential risk to life.
“Adverse population-wide health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, resulting in potential serious illness or life-threatening conditions,” the forecaster said. . “Substantial changes in work practices and daily routines [are] likely to be required. Many more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers, leading to an increased risk of water security incidents.
He added: “Road delays and road closures are possible, as well as delays and cancellations of rail and air travel, with the potential for significant welfare issues for those who experience delays even moderate.”
The warning is in effect all day Sunday in the East Midlands, East England, London, South East, North East, North West, South West, Wales , the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. The forecaster added that it could be extended until Monday.
On Monday, the Battersea Bridge railway lines in south west London were closed on Monday after a fire broke out at rush hour. A Network Rail spokesman said a wooden beam was on and the cause of the fire was being investigated.
West Midlands Trains also said Network Rail had imposed a 20mph speed restriction between Kidderminster and Stratford-upon-Avon from 11am to 8pm due to the sweltering conditions.
A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘With extremely hot temperatures expected this week, our specialist weather teams will be monitoring key access points to ensure we can maintain services safely and reliably for passengers.
“Speed restrictions are likely to be in place in parts of the network most affected by the hot weather. This helps because slower trains exert less force on the track and reduce the likelihood of buckling, thus avoiding major disturbances caused by warped rail.
Elsewhere, fire departments have urged people to have picnics instead of hot-weather barbecues after a series of grass fires. Hampshire County Council said it was preparing to deploy sandpits to protect cars from melting roads.
Temperatures hit 32C in Northolt, west London, around 3pm on Monday, but fell short of the UK’s record for this year, which stands at 32.7C, taken at Heathrow on June 17.
The TUC posted a video on Twitter, saying “nobody should work in temperatures above 30 degrees”.
John Lewis said it sold 1,633% more parasols, 471% more fans, 525% more air conditioners and 193% more blackout curtains last week. Waitrose reported a 250% week-on-week increase in fan sales.
Waitrose said it sold 220% more sunscreen, 55% more sausages, 45% more kebabs and 20% more ice cream, with some making the most of the hot weather. It also reported a 188% increase in searches for canned cocktails on its website. Searches for barbecues increased by 133%, he added.
Sainsbury’s said it expects a 500% increase in ice cream sales by the middle of this week.
Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said it was possible – but unlikely – for temperatures to hit 40C at the weekend.
The highest recorded temperature in the UK was 38.7C in Cambridge in July 2019. Stroud said: “To be honest, there’s probably about a 30 per cent chance that this will be exceeded next Sunday or Monday. “
The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have issued a level 3 health alert from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Friday in the east and south-east of England, with the rest of the country having an alert from level 2 in place. .