Temperatures are starting to rise across the UK as extreme heat comes into force in England and Wales.
The Met Office has forecast temperatures in Wales, the Midlands, south-east and south-west England could rise to 31C (87.8F) on Sunday, before reaching 40C over the next few days as the country braces for the first amber red. Sunday for exceptional heat starting mid-day.
British Health Secretary Steve Barclay said extra measures had been taken for ambulance services on Monday and Tuesday.
Meteorologists have pointed out that the mercury gives an 80% chance of surpassing the United Kingdom’s record high of 38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge in 2019, with temperatures in London expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said citizens should be resilient enough to “enjoy the sun” in the coming days.
He added that citizens should take “common sense” precautions: “We need to enjoy the sunshine, and we really need to be flexible enough to work through some of the pressures it causes.”
The paper pointed out that Tracy Nicholls, chief executive of the College of Medicine, warned that the heatwave posed a real risk, particularly to vulnerable groups such as the elderly: “It’s not like a lovely hot day. Put on some sunscreen and go outside for a swim.” Or eating outside, it’s dangerously hot, it can kill people because it’s so severe because we’re not prepared for that kind of heat in this country.
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