Met Office extends heatwave warning as record 38.5C looms

Aaron Brown
July 26, 2018

Meanwhile, 6/4 says the UK's all-time high United Kingdom temperature record is broken this summer.

After weeks without rain there is a chance of flooding on Friday, with as much as 30mm expected to fall in just an hour.

A level three amber heatwave action warning is issued by the Met Office when the threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90 per cent confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met.

Monday was the hottest day of 2018 so far, with the Met Office recording 33.3C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, and temperatures overnight breaking 24C in some areas.

People are urged to either stay out of the sun or at least avoid being in the sun when it is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm.

It could get hotter, as the Met Office warns of temperatures peaking on Thursday and Friday - potentially hitting the mid-30s.

Nurses have warned that some hospital wards have reached more than 30C (86F), leading to patients and relatives passing out or vomiting.

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     BOILING Temperatures are forecast to reach all-time records this week
NET WEATHER BOILING Temperatures are forecast to reach all-time records this week

Steve Jordan, of the Eastbourne Hospitality Association in East Sussex, said: "We've had long hot summers in the past and I don't remember warnings telling us not to go out in the sunshine".

There is also a 30% chance that the record for the hottest July day of 36.7C (98F), recorded at Heathrow in 2015, could be broken.

To keep homes cool, the Met Office has advised shading windows and shutting them during the day - which will make sure no hot air comes in.

There is now a 90% chance of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.

Alerts are issued when the Met Office forecasts that certain heat thresholds will be passed.

The dry spell has been most prolonged in East Anglia and south-east England where the last day of very widespread rainfall was seen on May 29.

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