Jul 15, 2022
Heatwave: National emergency declared after first red extreme heat warning
The weather at the start of next week is forecast to be warm across the UK but temperatures will be more like 30C in Scotland and Northern Ireland, rather than the high 30s predicted in parts of England and Wales. The highest recorded temperature in the UK was 38.7C in Cambridge in 2019.Mr Taylor said while it was not guaranteed, it was the first time there had been a realistic possibility of hitting 40C in the UK."That is exceptionally hot, the sort of temperatures that if you are on holiday you may be able to deal with but in day-to-day life it can have severe impacts on health and we are likely to see impacts on transport and power next week as well," he said. Night-time temperatures in some areas will not drop below 25C, he said, adding that things were likely to start cooling off from Wednesday. Image source, EPA. The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the latter half of the 18th century, and experts predict that temperatures will keep rising unless governments make steep cuts to emissions. "We only broke the temperature record three years ago, temperature records are not there to be broken so regularly and so there are concerns that a warming planet will see this sort of thing happen more often."
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