Extreme heat warnings issued to the UK as temperatures are set to reach record highs

The office issued its first ever “red warning” of extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures in the south of England expected to reach 37C.

There is a chance that temperatures could break the highest ever recorded in the UK, 38.7 C, which was set in 2019.

Tourists walk in the sunny Parliament Square on July 14, 2022 in London, England.
The British Meteorological Agency, Met Office, warned on Friday that expected record temperatures next week pose a risk of “serious illness or danger to life” (Leon Neal / Getty Images)

The weather forecast, which covers much of England from London up to Manchester, warns of danger to life, disruption of air and train travel and potentially “localized loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services”.

It comes while Europe is also struggling with extreme heat.

In the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate as thousands of firefighters struggle to contain two forest fires.

This image taken on Friday, July 15, 2022 by the Gironde Region Fire Brigade (SDIS 33) shows firefighters using a hose to fight a wildfire near Landiras, southwestern France, on Thursday, July 14, 2022.
In the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate as thousands of firefighters struggle to contain two forest fires. (AP)

In the Spanish city of Seville, one of the hottest spots in Europe this week, some unions called for sending workers home.

Temperatures in many parts of Spain have peaked at 40 degrees for several days and are expected to continue until next week.

Seville became the first city in the world to participate in a pilot project that names and categorizes heat waves in an effort to raise awareness of the health hazards caused by extreme heat and the precautions citizens should take.

A man carries a fan while walking outside Parliament in London, Tuesday 12 July 2022.
A man carries a fan while walking outside Parliament in London on July 12, 2022, but in the Spanish city of Seville, one of the hottest spots in Europe this week, some unions called for workers to be sent home (AP Photo / Alberto Pezzali)

“Climate-driven extreme heat kills more people than any other of the climate-driven hazards,” said Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center in the Atlantic Council.

“Heat is invisible, it is silent and kills slowly, and people are not aware of it.”

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