Unprecedented Red Weather Warning issued by Met Office

Red Weather Warning

Today the Met Office has issued an unprecedented Red Weather Warning for heat for Monday and Tuesday, for parts of England, which are already under and Amber Weather Warning.

An Amber Warning is currently in for place across England, Wales and parts of Scotland for Monday and Tuesday and the Red Weather Warning is now in place for parts of England in the south and midlands including London, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, York and Manchester. Buxton remains under Amber.

The Met Office have warned temperatures could hit never seen before 40c in some areas on Tuesday.

Red Weather Warning
Credit: Met Office

A hot spell is forecast to develop from Sunday when Buxton could see a high of 26c. Exceptional, possibly record-breaking, temperatures are likely on Monday when the Met Office have forecast Buxton to reach a high 30c, possibly higher then again on Tuesday when temperatures could reach 33c locally and possibly higher. Nights are also likely to be exceptionally warm for the UK, especially in urban areas. This is likely to lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure. Temperatures are expected to drop away from Wednesday onwards.

What is a Red /  Amber Weather Warning?

Red Warning:

  • Population-wide adverse health effects experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life.
  • Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required.
  • High risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to localised loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services.
  • Significantly more people visiting coastal areas, lakes and rivers, leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents.
  • Delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays.

Amber Warning:

Much the same as the Red Warning with a possible danger to life from the heat.

People are being urged to stay hydrated – that means drinking plenty of water, rather than caffeinated drinks. Look out for vulnerable people, keep your curtains closed on the sunny side of the house and stay out of the sun in the middle of the day.

The latest heatwave has brought warnings of disruption to travel with rail firm Avanti West Coast tweeting that services might be cancelled at short notice at the weekend, with amended timetables and extended journey times expected on Monday and Tuesday.

Network Rail said it was preparing the railway to keep passengers safe “ahead of next week’s very high temperatures”.

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