Met Office issues danger to life warning over fears temperature ‘could hit 40C’

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The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning, as temperatures look to build later this week and might even smash the record for the UK's hottest ever day.

The record high temperature in the UK is 38.7C, which was reached at Cambridge Botanic Garden on 25 July 2019.

One meteorologist said that temperatures in excess of 40C in some parts of the country "can't be ruled out."

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The amber warning, which has been issued for Sunday, 17 July, highlights likely adverse health effects for the public, not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat.

Temperatures could be in excess of 35C in the southeast, and more widely around 32C within the warning area.

These high temperatures could extend into the early part of next week and an extension of the warning will be considered in the coming days.

The Met Office’s Rebekah Sherwin added: “Weather forecast models are run hundreds of times to determine the most likely weather outcome.

"For late in next weekend and early next week, some runs of these models are allowing exceptionally high temperatures to develop, which is something we’ll be monitoring closely and adding details in the coming days.

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“Some models have been producing maximum temperatures in excess of 40C in parts of the UK over the coming weekend and beyond.

"At longer time scales temperature forecasts become less reliable, so whilst these figures can’t be ruled out, they are still only a low probability. A number of weather scenarios are still possible and at the current time, mid- or perhaps high-30s are looking more likely.”

Along with humidity and extreme heat, a surge in people heading to the coast is also expected.

The upgrade in warning comes just a day after a level 3 amber heat health warning was issued by the Met Office and the government for the vulnerable – which is still in force for the rest of this week.


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