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British Heat Wave
News Bytes 07/18/2022 8 Comments

The British government held an emergency response meeting over the weekend. Officials were planning for record high temperatures this week. UK weather authorities issued their first-ever “red” warning for extreme heat.

Britain is unaccustomed to such heat. Usually, summer weather is moderate. Across the UK, average July temperatures range from a daily high of 70º Fahrenheit (F) to a low of 53º F. Few homes, apartments, schools, or small businesses in the country have air conditioning.

Hot weather has gripped southern Europe since last week, triggering wildfires in France, Spain, and Portugal. Almost 600 heat-related deaths have been reported in the latter two countries. Temperatures there reached 117º F last week.

The alert covers large parts of England today and tomorrow, when temperatures may reach 104º F for the first time. The high temps could pose a risk of serious illness and even death among healthy people, according to the country’s weather service.

The British heat record is 101.7º F, set in 2019.

Train operators advise passengers not to travel on Monday and Tuesday unless absolutely necessary. Schools and nursing homes have been urged to take steps to protect students and the elderly. Children and older people are especially vulnerable to high temperatures. Most schools in England are still in session until the end of the week. Some schools have closed. Others are setting up wading pools and water sprays to help children cool off.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan met with representatives of the National Health Service, police, fire, and other emergency services on Friday. The group gathered to ensure that plans were in place to deal with the heat emergency.

One doctor warned that the upcoming heat wave and a surge in COVID-19 infections are a nightmare for health workers.

“A lot of hospital buildings are very old, particularly in London, and many don’t have air conditioning and windows that don’t open—so they are extremely hot,’’ says Dr. Claire Bronze, an emergency room consultant in London. “Some staff still have to wear PPE [personal protective equipment]—so plastic gowns, masks, gloves—on top of their normal uniform which, as you can imagine, means people are quickly going to get very hot and dehydrated.”

(Passengers queue for ferries at the Port of Dover during the hot weather in Kent, England, on July 16, 2022. Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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1st comment!!!!

that's very interesting that the highest record in England 101 F, I live in Colorado and temperatures here during summer go to 110 F weekly!

Imagine being a doctor or

Imagine being a doctor or nurse and having to wear all that extra gear!

Weird!

Weird!

i was literally wondering if

i was literally wondering if they would post about this

a boy got sent home from

a boy got sent home from school because he wore shorts. Formal grey trousers made into shorts, and he got sent home. I feel so sorry for him and all the other kids having to wear nearly full school uniform today. It is boiling here - i feel I have teleported to the desert.

We tried to buy bottles water

We tried to buy bottles water today and there was barely any in the shop LOL we had to get flavoured.

Too True

Im staying in England right now, and we made and broke our own heat record yesterday! #hot.and.sweaty

@Lilias

Whereabouts in England are you staying? I live in Yorkshire :) (thank god today has been cooler! XD)

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