Met Office issues the first red extreme heat warning ever

Penny Endersby, CEO of Met Office, said in a grim video shared online: “The extreme heat that we are anticipating right now is completely unprecedented.

“We have seen when climate change has led to such unprecedented severe weather events around the world that it can be difficult for people to make the best decisions in these situations because nothing in their life experience has made them know what they can do. expect. “

“Here in the UK, we’m used to treating a hot period as a chance to go and play in the sun. It’s not that kind of weather.”

“Our lifestyle and our infrastructure are not adapted to what is to come.”

“Please treat the warnings we send out as seriously as you would a red or amber warning from us for wind or snow, and follow the advice. Stay away from the sun, keep your home cool, think about adjusting your plans for the warning period. “

‘Significant changes in working methods’

“Significant disruptions” are expected to travel and energy supplies, while there could also be extensive damage to property and infrastructure, according to the Met Office website.

People will have to make “significant changes in working methods and daily routines,” the weather agency said.

Downing Street has not issued work from home guidance during the heatwave.

A spokesman No. 10 said: “Different sectors and different professions may have different staffing requirements, it would not be up to me to set a broad policy for everyone, it would be a matter for individuals and their employers.”

Britain will suffer “delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations for rail and air travel, with significant welfare problems for those experiencing even moderate delays.”

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