UK weather: Met Office issues second-highest heatwave alert as Britain hits 33C and overtakes Istanbul

Britain swelters in 32C temperatures as residents of Los Angeles are forced to make do with a mere 31C

Jon Sharman
Tuesday 20 June 2017 15:08
Comments
People enjoy the hot weather on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures are expected to continue to soar this week as the country basks in a heatwave
People enjoy the hot weather on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures are expected to continue to soar this week as the country basks in a heatwave

The Met Office has issued the second highest heatwave alert for all of Britain as the country endures extreme heat — hotter than Istanbul, Marseille and Los Angeles.

The level three amber heatwave warning is one step behind a national emergency, and has been issued from 9am Monday to 9am Thursday, as forecasters anticipate highs of 33C (91.4).

On Monday the temperature reached 32C (91F) at RAF Northolt, west London, and 32.5C at Hampton Water Works, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Angelenos, by comparison, will have to deal with a high of just 31C on Wednesday and the mercury in Marseille, in the south of France, was predicted to hit just 30C on Tuesday.

The amber warning is issued when “there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions” according to the Met Office website.

It means social and healthcare workers should ensure high-risk groups including the elderly, children and those with medical conditions are kept cool and hydrated.

The NHS has issued advice and guidelines to help people deal with the blazing sunshine — click or tap here for more.

NHS advice includes urging people to “spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest, between 11am and 3pm”.

It also said: “Keep rooms cool by using shades, have cool baths or showers and stay hydrated.”

This week's scorching weather is still some way short of the UK's record June temperature of 35.6C, reached in 1957 and 1976.

However, there has been one incident of a road surface melting near Guildford, where spilt oil had “melted into the tarmac due to the heat”, according to Surrey police.

The Met Office also warned of a “very high” pollen count across the country.

Additional reporting by agencies

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in