UK hot weather forecast: Maps show exact day 40C heatwave will end | Weather | New
This week, the mercury will settle comfortably into the early 30s in the southeast and east before soaring to record highs this weekend, triggering a 48-hour extreme heat warning. The orange alert warns of a potential danger to life and that humidity has the ability to affect everyone, not just the vulnerable. And it was only this morning that the Met Office updated its messaging, saying people should expect to endure such high temperatures until at least Tuesday July 19. For many people, the scorching sun not only makes sleeping uncomfortable, but it can also exacerbate blood pressure conditions and cause heat stroke.
Ambulance services are urging people to protect themselves and only dial 999 if absolutely necessary.
Rail services are warning of speed restrictions if tracks buckle in intense heat and the Met Office says people stranded by travel delays risk ‘significant welfare concerns’.
Rebekah Sherwin from the Met Office said: ‘Weather forecast models are run hundreds of times to determine the most likely weather outcome.
“For the end of next weekend and the beginning of next week, some series of these models are allowing unusually high temperatures to develop, which we will be monitoring closely and adding details in the coming days.
“Some models have produced maximum temperatures above 40C in parts of the UK over the coming weekend and beyond.
“At longer time scales, temperature forecasts become less reliable, so while these numbers cannot be ruled out, they are still a low probability.
“A number of weather scenarios are still possible and at this time the mid to high 30s seem more likely.”
But interactive maps, which predicted such heat waves in advance, are now showing signs of relief.
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The Met Office’s long-term weather forecast reads: ‘It is unclear how long the very hot weather will last, but it is likely that much of the UK will see a return to cooler and more broadly unsettled conditions during the week.”
During periods of intense heat, people are advised to stay out of direct sunlight between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV rays are at their strongest.
In addition to staying hydrated, families are also encouraged to watch vulnerable people and keep curtains and blinds closed to block out sunlight.