Britain announced First warning for extreme heatwave: The UK issued its first “red alert” for unusual heat on Friday as the normally temperate country braced for triple-digit temperatures.
Authorities announced a red alert on Monday and Tuesday with extremely high temperatures expected in central, north-east and south-east England, which constitutes a national emergency, meaning even healthy people are at risk of dying. We’ll do it. UK area
“The UK sees the warm weather as an opportunity to get out and play in the sun,” Benny Endersby, chief executive of the British Met Office, said in a video message. “This is not that kind of weather. Our lifestyle and infrastructure is not conducive to the future.”
Overnight temperatures in some areas won’t drop below 25 degrees, but Wednesday is expected to start cooling off. Weather Service chief executive Penny Endersby called the heat wave forecast “unprecedented” and urged people to take warnings as seriously as red or amber warnings for snow and wind.
Brits are used to seeing warm weather as “an opportunity to get outside and play in the sun”, but “it’s not like that”, she said. Another 2,500 people will die from hot weather in the UK in the summer of 2020, with heat-related deaths in the UK set to treble in 30 years, the Red Cross has predicted.
The latest heat wave has caused disruption to travel, with train operator Avanti West Coast warning weekend services could be canceled for short periods, with timetables revised to extend estimated journey times on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Customers said they should travel “only when necessary” starting next week.
Network Rail said the impact on train services “will vary by region, but journeys take time and can be subject to cancellations, delays and last-minute changes”.