The United Kingdom on Friday issued its first-ever “red warning”about exceptional heat. Severely high temperatures are expected Monday and Tuesday across central, northern, eastern and southeastern England. The Met Office’s highest warning covers an area including London, Manchester and York . There is a 50% chance of temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius. temperatures will be more like 30C in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Night-time temperatures in some areas will not drop below 25C. The highest recorded temperature in the UK was 38.7C in Cambridge in 2019. „Our lifestyles and our infrastructure are not adapted to what is coming,” Penny Endersby, the chief executive of the U.K. Met Office, the country’s weather service, said on TV.
Air conditioning is exceedingly rare in UK homes since temperatures there are typically cooler in the summer. NHS leaders on Friday evening warned there would be greater demand for ambulances. The heatwave was originating in north Africa. In England, there were 2,500 excess deaths in the summer of 2020 due to hot weather. People are being urged to stay hydrated. The increase in the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme heat events over recent decades is clearly linked to the observed warming of the planet.