Met Office Issues First Red Extreme Heat Warning

The UK Met Office has issued its first red extreme heat warning across England for next week, as temperatures will likely hit at least 40C.

Graham Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the extreme heat warning covers from London, Manchester, and up to Vale of York.

“We’ve just issued a red warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday which is the first such warning ever issued. The warning covers an area from London up to Manchester and then up to the Vale of York. This is potentially a very serious situation,” Madge said.

The national red extreme heat severe weather warning covers parts of central, northern, eastern, and southeastern England.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said that record-breaking temperatures are likely early next week.

“Exceptional, perhaps record-breaking temperatures are likely early next week, quite widely across the red warning area on Monday, and focus a little more east and north on Tuesday. Currently, there is a 50% chance we could see temperatures top 40°C, and 80% we will see a new maximum temperature reached. 

Gundersen added that nights will also be “exceptionally warm”, and encouraged people to plan for the incoming heatwave.

“Nights are also likely to be exceptionally warm, especially in urban areas. This is likely to lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure. Therefore, it is important people plan for the heat and consider changing their routines. This level of heat can have adverse health effects,” Gundersen said.

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