The Met Office has confirmed that today is the hottest day of the year so far after 28C was recorded in St James Park in central London this afternoon.
The forecaster added that the record will be broken this year as temperatures are expected to hit highs of 34C on Friday.
An increase in hot weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, the Met Office has warned, describing the sweltering conditions as ‘rare’ for June.
Dr Mark McCarthy, director of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, said: “Climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers, and it also increases the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures during hot spells and waves. heat.”
The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have issued a Level 3 health alert for South East England, London and East England, while a Level 1 alert is in place for the North of England.
Heat wave hits central United States
Another sweltering hot day gripped the middle third of the United States, where dangerously high temperatures were locked in well above normal as authorities warned people to stay indoors and s hydrate.
Millions of Americans who live in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta were subject to heat advisories because the heat index, a measure of the temperature felt by the human body, was expected to exceed 38°C, the US National Weather Service (NWS) said.
“Extreme heat and humidity will greatly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” he said.
It’s the second day of sweltering weather for the middle third of the country, from Wisconsin and Michigan south through Tennessee and Georgia and down to Florida where temperatures have neared record highs in some areas. Many cities have set up cooling stations and centers to help residents protect themselves from the heat.
More than 325,000 homes and businesses in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin were without power Wednesday morning, Poweroutage.us reported.
Liam JamesJune 15, 2022 7:10 p.m.
RAC warns hot weather will lead to increased outages
As the temperature rises, the number of breakdowns on UK roads will also increase.
Drivers are often unaware that summer heat can be just as harsh on cars as winter cold.
The RAC says the main causes of breakdowns in the heat are battery and alternator problems, worn tires and clutch failure due to driving on busier roads as people leave town for enjoy the sun.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With the temperature rising very rapidly this week, we expect a short and sharp increase in outages, particularly in the central and southern parts of the UK.
“It’s important that drivers don’t get caught, so we advise them to check their car’s oil and coolant levels as soon as they can, particularly if they have a long trip planned in the hottest part of the day.
“Drivers also need to stay hydrated, which has a positive effect on their level of concentration.
“Passengers should also be kept as cool and comfortable as possible, so pack plenty of water and plan enough breaks to prevent an already hot car from becoming even hotter.”
Liam JamesJune 15, 2022 6:05 p.m.
UKHSA updates health alert
The UK Health Safety Agency has upgraded the heat alert to level three.
It comes after the Met Office today confirmed it was the hottest day of the year after temperatures of 28C were recorded in central London this afternoon, marking the start of the heatwave across the UK.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 5:00 p.m.
NEW: Today the hottest day of the year, confirms the Met Office
The Met Office has confirmed that today is the hottest day of the year so far, 28C was recorded in St James Park, central London.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 4:37 p.m.
UK weather: Dog owners warned of ‘silent killer’ ahead of 34C heat
Dog owners have been warned of a ‘silent killer’ for pets as the UK braces for a heatwave with highs of 34C.
Parts of the South East, London and Wales could hit 28C on Wednesday and hit over 30C from Friday – making parts of the UK hotter than Portugal, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Canary Islands and Cyprus.
Responding to scorching heat forecasts, the RSPCA has warned dog owners not to walk their pets in the heat.
Read the full story below:
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 3:45 p.m.
Why do we have a heat wave?
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said; “The heat is the result of a mix of locally caused warming due to high pressure over the southern half of the UK, together with a south westerly airflow bringing warm air, which crossed the continent all week, across the country.”
“This is the first wave of warm weather this year and it is unusual for temperatures to exceed these values in June. Some regions may experience warm nights with expected minimum temperatures in the 1920s or even low temperatures of 20 ° C at night, especially in urban areas like London.
Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, said climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers and has also increased the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures during hot spells and heatwaves .
“Reaching 34C in June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the UK’s historical climate record. But if it were to happen this week, it should be noted that it would have happened over three days in the last six months of June. The other days being June 21, 2017 and June 29, 2019.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 3:30 p.m.
Heat waves are increasing in frequency, warn scientists
Dr Friederike Otto, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, said:
“Climate change is a real game changer when it comes to heat waves, they have increased in frequency, intensity and duration across the world due to our burning of fossil fuels. Extreme heat trends however are particularly strong in Europe, where numerous studies have shown that they have increased in frequency by a factor of 100 or more due to human-induced climate change.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 3:15 p.m.
First aid and health response charity St John Ambulance has published some tips for dealing with the hot weather.
Its medical director, Dr Lynn Thomas, said: ‘If you’re out in the sun, it’s important to make sure you take care of yourself by staying hydrated, protecting yourself from the sun at peak times and wearing sunscreen. with minimum FPS. 30.
“I also encourage anyone with elderly relatives and neighbors to check with them, as any rise in temperature can be dangerous.”
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 3:00 p.m.
How to keep your home cool during a heat wave
As the heat wave approaches the UK, Britons have already started complaining of difficulty sleeping in the sweltering heat. Temperatures could soar to 34C on Friday, so it’s important to know how to keep your home cool, especially if you don’t have air conditioning.
From closing your windows during the day to building your own DIY AC, here’s what you can do to lower the temperature in your home.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 2:30 p.m.
Climate change has increased the average temperature in the UK, according to the Met Office
Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “Climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers, and it also increases the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures during periods heat and heat waves.
“Reaching 34C in June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the UK’s historical climate record. But if it were to happen this week, it should be noted that it would have happened over three days in the last six months of June.
The previous year in which such temperatures were reached in June was 1976.
Thomas KingleyJune 15, 2022 2:10 p.m.