Thursday was confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far, as health authorities warn that Friday will be very hot for many.
The temperature reached 29.3 ºC yesterday at Heathrow Gardens and Kew Gardens in London, surpassing Wednesday’s high of 28.3 ºC.
It is expected to be even warmer on Friday, with 34ºC forecast for the south-east and temperatures will rise to 30ºC in much of England and Wales.
The UK Health Safety Agency has issued several heat health alerts covering much of England for Friday. The agency warned that the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups such as the elderly and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Parkinson’s.
The rise in warm weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that this week’s high temperatures used to be “rare” in June, but that they have seen several times in recent years.
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The UK will be boiling the hottest day of the year with 34ºC
Parts of the UK are expected to witness stifling temperatures of 34 ° C (93.2 ° F) as the heat season peaks on Friday.
According to the London Met Office and some parts of East Anglia are more likely to reach the peak of 34 ° C, making Friday one of the hottest days of the year so far.
In most of England and Wales, temperatures are expected to rise to 27-30ºC.
On Thursday, temperatures in Northolt, west London, topped the 2022 high of 28.2 ºC after the heat hit 29.5 ºC (85.1 F) on Thursday.
While England and Wales will be warm on Friday, cooler temperatures will be recorded in Northern Ireland and Scotland, where there will be showers.
Meanwhile, firefighters are also warning that there is an increased risk of fire due to the heat wave.
Shweta Sharma June 17, 2022 5:07 AM
Climate change makes heat wave in India and Pakistan “30 times more likely”
According to scientists, man-induced climate change has made parts of India and Pakistan 30 times more likely to take over the heat wave.
India and Pakistan have been suffering from extreme heat since March, which was the hottest in India since records were set 122 years ago. Pakistan has also recorded record temperatures.
Climate experts have repeatedly warned that heat waves are rising in intensity and frequency around the world due to global warming, caused mainly by the burning of fossil fuels.
The increased likelihood of heat waves is worrisome because they are the deadliest extreme weather events and also damage crops and livelihoods.
Liam James June 17, 2022 5:00 p.m.
Speed restriction on trains and warning issued to car owners
Although Network Rail has warned that very hot weather will severely affect train services, Chiltern railway said speed restrictions will be imposed on trains until Saturday.
“Due to the expected hot weather, speed restrictions will be imposed on the railway from today until Saturday, June 18 inclusive,” the Chiltern Railways spokesman said.
He added: “Services will be subject to delays and cancellations. Please check your trip before traveling.”
An urgent warning has also been issued to anyone entering their cars, as the UK is expected to be burned by rising temperatures. RAC, the UK’s leading provider of breakdown services, warned of a “short and strong point of breakdowns”.
He urged all drivers to check oil and coolant levels to avoid breakdowns. “Motorists who fail to do so could risk breaking in the middle of the journey and also face a fine if their vehicle is considered dangerous,” he said.
Shweta Sharma June 17, 2022 4:50 AM
The hottest day of the year was confirmed for the second day in a row ahead of the 34ºC heat wave
Thursday has been confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far, surpassing yesterday’s high of 1.1ºC.
The temperature reached 29.3 degrees Celsius at Heathrow Gardens and Kew Gardens in London, the Met office confirmed, as the heat season continued in Britain.
It is expected to be even warmer on Friday, with 34ºC forecast for the south-east and temperatures will rise to 30ºC in much of England and Wales. A third day of temperatures above regional thresholds would mean the UK was experiencing a heat wave.
Health officials and experts have warned that the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups such as the elderly and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Parkinson’s.
Liam James June 17, 2022 3:00 p.m.
Ireland calls for outdoor swimmers to be careful as the heat arrives
In the current heat season, many people will be looking to cool off in the lakes and waterways.
In anticipation of this, Water Safety Ireland, the Coast Guard and the RNLI made a joint call for outdoor swimmers to be cautious.
Some 79 people drowned in 2021, three more than in 2020, but below the annual average of 111 each year over the past decade. A total of 1,108 people have drowned in the last 10 years.
Roger Sweeney, Acting CEO of Water Safety Ireland, described the deaths as a “tragic unnecessary loss of life and a major public health problem”.
“Drownings can happen quickly and quietly, and the warmer weather sometimes gives people a false sense of security, but the waterways are still pretty cool, affecting the muscles needed to return to shore by swimming with security, “he said.
“Swim in guarded waterways or designated bathing areas that are known to be safe and have ring buoys present. Stay in depth, supervise children closely, and never use inflatable toys in open water. that you can be swept from the shore in an instant. “
Drowning Awareness Week will begin in Britain this Saturday. More than 400 accidentally drown in the UK and Ireland each year.
Liam James June 17, 2022 12:30 AM
Forest fires are burning nearly 4,000 hectares in Spain amid the heat wave
Three forest fires have devastated 3,950 hectares of pines and shrubs in eastern Spain since yesterday, as a heat wave brings temperatures closer to record highs, regional firefighters said Thursday.
Hundreds of firefighters were on the ground fighting the flames with 120 trucks and 19 planes to fight the flames near the towns of Baldomar, Corbera d’Ebre and Castellar Ribera, according to the Fire Brigade of Catalonia.
Most of the efforts focused on Baldomar, where the flames threatened 20,000 hectares of forest and farmland. Some isolated houses were evacuated as well as a children’s center with 54 minors.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries.
Large areas of the country face a high or extreme risk of forest fires, the state meteorological agency Aemet said.
Firefighters are working to extinguish a forest fire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia
An Air Tractor AT-802A firefighter drops water on a forest fire near Artesa de Segre in Catalonia
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Members of the Military Emergency Unit work to extinguish a forest fire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia
Liam James June 16, 2022 11:00 p.m.
Weather map: What heat is where?
Check out the BBC weather map to see what the temperature is like in Britain tomorrow.
Liam James June 16, 2022 9:45 p.m.
Look: Londoners enjoy a warm climate, with temperatures reaching 29 ºC throughout the capital
The hottest temperature of the year in the UK so far has been recorded today in Greater London.
Both Heathrow and Kew Gardens in west London recorded 29.3 degrees Celsius this afternoon.
See below how the residents of the capital enjoyed the warm weather:
Londoners enjoy warm weather, with temperatures reaching 29 ºC throughout the capital
Liam James June 16, 2022 8:25 p.m.
Energy demand in Texas to break records during the intense heat wave in the United States
Energy demand in Texas is likely to set new all-time highs today and Monday after breaking the previous record on June 12, as economic growth increases overall use and households and businesses keep air conditioners at march to escape a persistent heat wave.
Texas Electric Reliability Council (Ercot), which operates the network for more than 26 million customers, accounts for about 90 percent of the state’s electric charge, said it has sufficient resources to meet demand. .
Temperatures in Houston, Texas’ largest city, will rise mostly from 37.2 ºC today to 38.3 ºC on Sunday, according to AccuWeather. This compares to a normal maximum temperature of 33ºC for this time of year.
The central U.S. has suffered a suffocating heat wave this week. Millions of Americans living in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta have been warned that the heat could be deadly.
Liam James June 16, 2022 6:45 p.m.
Friday will be “exceptionally hot for this time of year”
Here’s Alex Burkill, of the Met office, putting the recent warm spell in context in a call with The Independent: “Temperatures will be much higher tomorrow at 34, possibly 35ºC, this is exceptionally hot for June, especially in early June.
“If we go back to the 60’s we only have three cases in which temperatures have exceeded 34ºC in June: 76, 2019 and 2017.
“So, although we’ve had some cases recently, if you look further back, it’s a much rarer event.
“Friday will be very hot and exceptionally hot for this time of year.”
Liam James June 16, 2022 5:48 PM