Britain’s 90F heatwave continues: MORE scorching temperatures will bake parts of UK today
Britain faces another scorching day today, with an extreme weather warning for 90F (32C) temperatures after thunderstorms swept across the country and brought two inches of rain on the hottest day of the year so far.
The Met Office said conditions will be hottest in the South and it will be cooler in the East. Sunseekers were warned to beware of sunburn, heat exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, fatigue ‘and other heat-related illnesses’.
By 9am this morning, the top UK temperatures were already 72F (22C) in London, Cardiff, Norwich and Manchester, 68F (20C) in Belfast, 64F (18C) in Birmingham and 63F (17C) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
It comes after the UK had its hottest temperature of the year yesterday – 90F (32.2C) – recorded at London Heathrow Airport. The previous high for 2021 was 88.9F (31.6C), which was also recorded at the airport on Sunday.
An amber extreme heat warning remains in place for central and southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland. While much of England is set to sizzle today, scattered thunderstorms are forecast to return across the East.
The Environment Agency had 11 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – in place this morning throughout parts of London, Essex, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Yesterday torrential downpours hit Cambridge and Essex while one social media user spotted hailstones ‘the size of bouncy balls’ in Milton Keynes, and some were so big that they smashed a car windscreen in Leicestershire.
A couple take in the sunrise at Tynemouth Longsands beach in North Tyneisde at the start of another hot day this morning
As of 6pm yesterday, over two inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours in parts of south-eastern England affected by an amber thunderstorm warning that lasted until 7pm, the Met Office said.
Dan Stroud, a Met Office forecaster, said: ‘We have issued some new amber thunderstorm warnings for parts of south-east London, down to parts of Essex and Kent.
How to survive the heat
Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home so know how to keep your home cool
Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke
‘There is also one in place for areas surrounding Cambridgeshire. We’re seeing some fairly heavy showers developing during the afternoon along with reports of lightning and hail.
‘There will be some intense spells of heavy rainfall as the afternoon develops and some slow-moving downpours, some places will see it, others won’t at all.
‘There may be some localised flooding issues as a fair amount of rain will fall – meaning possible delays to public transport, power cuts and potentially surface flooding.’
Mr Stroud said the recent spell of hot weather has drawn in moist air to eastern parts of the country, which is causing the downpours.
He said as much as 40mm to 60mm of rain could fall in one hour, with some areas seeing a ‘substantial’ amount.
Commuters may be the worst affected by the downpours, with South Western Railway reporting a track circuit failure at London Waterloo.
Mr Stroud added: ‘If you get heavy rain you’ll certainly know about it, but the rest of the country is continuing to bask in dry skies and warm temperatures.
‘We’re seeing the warmest temperatures in south-western areas and parts of Wales.’
The Pipeworks Bar at Pontyclun in Rhondda Cynon Taf was ‘unbearable’ for workers while The Stone Crab in Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire said it ‘cannot let our staff continue to suffer in this hot weather’.
Britain’s killer heatwave claimed eight lives as the death toll continued to rise amid an unprecedented heat, thunderstorm and flood warning from the Met Office.
The UK will be hotter than top holiday destinations such as Marbella, Mykonos and Tenerife over the next three days, with many forecasters predicting them to be the hottest of the year.
Public Health England has extended its heat-health warning, which warns people to take measures to stay cool and look out for vulnerable people, until Friday.
The Met Office said: ‘Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays.’
Netweather TV’s forecast for Wednesday says to expect: ‘Low cloud in eastern Scotland and near the north-east coast of England. High cloud will also move into the south-west of Britain.
People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset yesterday on the hottest day of the year so far
Thunderstorms and floods look set to hit the UK as the nation basks in sweltering temperatures – with a yellow warning in place for the Eat Midlands, South East and East of England for Tuesday. Pictured: Cambridge
Heavy rain in Billericay, Essex during a brief but heavy storm. A yellow warning for storms has been issued by the Met Office for parts of the East Midlands, South East and East of England from 1pm on Tuesday
Students take time to relax as the temperatures soar in Newcastle Exhibition park as they enjoyed the heat
People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset, with temperatures set to soar to sweltering highs this week
Aneurin Duffin-Murray (left) and Lauren Dalzell from Belfast on a paddle board at Helen’s Bay beach in County Down
People enjoying the sun at Helen’s Bay beach in County Down, Northern Ireland
‘Otherwise, it will be another hot and generally dry and sunny day, with temperatures reaching highs of 25-29C and peaking at 30-32C locally in the south-west. Some scattered thundery showers will again break out, the most likely places for these being the south-east and also the north-west of England.’
Temperatures have risen so high in recent days that roads are melting – with councils around the country carrying out emergency repairs to surfaces damaged in the heat.
In Gloucestershire emergency maintenance had to be carried out as part of the A38 was deemed unsafe. Grit was poured on top of the melted tar to solidify it and re-attach to surfaces.
Somerset County Council also say road surfaces across the county have begun to melt due to the scorching temperatures. The local authority has deployed highways teams to treat the affected roads.
A post on Twitter from the council reads: ‘The blistering heat has caused some roads to melt (yes, melt). We are doing all we can to protect the roads.
‘A sunny day in the 20Cs can be enough to generate 50C on the ground as the dark asphalt road surface absorbs a lot of heat and this builds up during the day with the hottest period between noon and 5pm.
‘When this occurs, we send out a team to spread granite dust to absorb the soft bitumen and so stabilise the road surface. The road network has 5 per cent of ‘polymer modified binders in hot rolled asphalt’ roads. These can absorb up to 80C. But these are more expensive.
‘It is particularly problematic in countries that experience the two extremes of weather. Think of the asphalt like chocolate – it melts and softens when it’s hot and goes hard and brittle when it’s cold. As a result, it doesn’t maintain the same strength all year round. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days.’