The heat of the UK could break a historic record. The projected temperature is around 40 degrees Celsius. Therefore, for the first time in the history of the meteorological service there, warnings of the highest degree due to extreme heat have been issued.
According to the Met Office, there is now an 80% chance that the UK temperature record of 38.7 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on July 25, 2019 at the University of Cambridge Botanical Garden, will be broken. There is also a 50% probability that the temperature will hit 40 degrees somewhere in the country, with the indication that this is likely to happen in the strip between London and Lincolnshire.
Red alerts were issued on Friday, the highest level, due to extreme heat. They will be in place on Monday and Tuesday in London and large areas of central England.
“Potentially very serious situation”
As the Met Office explained, the red heat warning level means that “negative health effects are possible for the entire population, not just for those who are susceptible to the effects of high temperatures, and could be associated with a risk to life.”
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge stressed that it was the first time in history that the office introduced the highest level of alert. He assessed this as “a potentially very serious situation”. He added that the probability of breaking the historical temperature record is evidence of the ongoing climate change.
Extended orange alerts
At the same time, the Met Office extended the previously introduced second level of warning – Orange – to the rest of England, the rest of Wales and southern Scotland. In most of England and Wales, it will apply from Sunday to Tuesday inclusive, in the newly covered areas – from Monday.
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