England on amber alert as UK braces for unprecedented heatwave

 Monday, July 18, 2022 


Britain’s Health Minister to implement new measures including extra working hours for ambulance crews as the country faces national heatwave emergency ever in its history.

He also said that more call handlers will be put in place on Monday and Tuesday.

Almost all of England is now covered by a Met Office amber heat warning, which will extend to Wales and southern Scotland from Monday until Tuesday.

Temperature is likely to intensify across a large part of England (from London to Manchester) and may soar up to 40C on Monday and Tuesday, as warned by health officials.

Under such circumstance, the country will be placed in the red warning list, although for the first time.

Mr Barclay said that he clear message to the public is to take precautionary measures in terms of water, shade and cover, that many people are aware of. That’s the best way of mitigating against the heat.

People should keep an eye out for their neighbours and those who may be vulnerable. The health ministry of Britain is also putting in additional contingency support as well.

Britons are being urged to do the “neighbourly thing” and check on people who may be more vulnerable as the UK braces for potentially record-breaking temperatures.

The dangers posed by the rising temperatures were laid bare on Saturday when a body was found in Salford Quays after Greater Manchester Police received a report of a person getting into difficulty in the water.

Meanwhile in West Yorkshire a search was under way after concerns were raised in relation to a person in the water at Ardsley Reservoir.

The government held an emergency COBRA meeting on Saturday after forecasters warned the potentially record-breaking temperatures could put lives at risk.

Cabinet Office Minister Kit Malthouse, who chaired the meeting, said transport services will face “significant disruption” on Monday and Tuesday and urged people not to travel.

He added schools were being issued with guidance to enable them to stay open.

Dr Nikos Christidis, climate attribution scientist at the Met Office, said the 40C prediction on Tuesday is a result of climate change.

He also added that they wouldn’t get to this situation, but for the first time ever they are forecasting greater than 40C in the UK.

In a recent study it is found that the likelihood of extremely hot days in the UK has been increasing. It will continue to do so during the course of the century, with the most extreme temperatures expected to be observed in the southeast of England.

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