UK weather forecast today: Britons ‘should enjoy the heatwave’, says Raab amid life-threatening threat

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Hot weather in the UK: how to stay cool during a heat wave

People should “enjoy the sun” and be “resilient enough” for the next few days of heatwave, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said.

The Met Office issued orange and red alerts warning of “potential serious illness or life-threatening” as temperatures peaked at up to 40C on Monday and Tuesday.

Mr Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: ‘Obviously there’s some practical common sense advice we’re talking about – stay hydrated, stay out of the sun in the hottest hours , wear sunscreen – that kind of stuff.

“We have to take advantage of the sun and in fact we have to be resilient enough to some of the pressures that it will exert.”

Millions of people have been told to work from home as forecasters predict an 80% chance on Tuesday of temperatures exceeding the British record 38.7C recorded in Cambridge in 2019.

Asked if people should consider working from home, Mr Raab said: ‘That’s for employers to consider and for people to decide.

“I’m not going to start dictating things like that. But obviously we have more flexible work. So that will also help with that kind of stuff.

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Employment centers to be closed in areas have issued orange and red alerts

Employment centers across most of the country will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to record temperatures expected during the heatwave.

The Department for Work and Pensions tweeted: ‘Employment centers and health assessment offices open to clients in areas issued with a red severe weather warning will be closed on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July.

“Benefit payments will be made as normal.

“You don’t need to contact us or worry about your complaint.

“We will do everything we can to contact people with an appointment on these days, to have it on the phone or to rearrange it. Our inquiry lines will always be open.

The map below shows where the Met Office’s amber and red weather warnings apply:

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TfL and rail companies advise against traveling to London on Tuesday

Transport for London (TfL) and London North East Railway (LNER) have urged people to only undertake necessary travel on Mondays and Tuesdays.

TfL boss Andy Lord has told LBC there will be reduced services on the network “due to the safety restrictions we have to put in place due to the heat”.

LNER tweeted: “On Tuesday 19th July DO NOT travel between LondonKingsCross and South #York & Leeds as no trains will be running. Travel only if necessary to other destinations.

Avanti west coast said passengers should only travel if “absolutely necessary” from Sunday to Tuesday as there will be fewer services and possible delays due to “speed restrictions imposed by Network Rail”.

In very hot weather, the speed of trains must be limited to reduce the risk of damage to the tracks, which can buckle in extreme cases.

Passengers who have already purchased tickets are advised to check airline websites for information on refunds.

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Mercury could hit 42C in the East Midlands – BBC forecaster

BBC weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King pointed out that temperatures could reach 42C in the East Midlands on Tuesday.

That’s 3°C warmer than the maximum 40°C predicted for London on what is expected to be the UK’s hottest day on record.

Mr King tweeted: “I still can’t imagine how the British record will be broken on Monday and Tuesday by at least 2/3 degrees (38.7C). It just shouldn’t happen.

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Manchester police warn against swimming in open water after teenager’s death

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have repeated warnings about chilling in open water after a 16-year-old died while swimming with friends in a canal at Salford Quays.

The teenager was last seen struggling in the water around 6.15pm on Saturday. After the emergency services were called, the body of a boy was later located and recovered by specialist divers overnight.

Police said that although official identification has not yet taken place, the body is thought to be that of the missing 16-year-old and his family is being cared for by specially trained officers.

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‘Crumbling’ NHS buildings ‘unsuitable for heatwave’, says crusader peer

Lord Victor Adebowale has expressed concern over the ability of hospital and GP buildings to cope with the extreme heat over the next few days.

File photo of Lord Victor Adebowale

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The Crusader peer and President of the NHS Confederation told Times Radio: ‘The fact is we have ruined buildings. We had 10 years of austerity, during which hospitals were not invested in terms of capital assets.

“So if you talk to my members, they will tell you in many cases that we have buildings that are not suitable to deal with normal patient treatment activities, let alone the hot weather where some of these buildings were built. in the 18th century.

“It’s not just hospitals, I have to mention primary care GPs. Many of them are in old buildings where they don’t have air conditioning or proper fans.

“We have mental health systems that are already going to be strained because of vacancies. So we have to be careful about that.

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‘Children should be in school during the heatwave,’ says Labor MP

Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson has said children should be in school rather than at home during what are expected to be the hottest days on record in the UK.

His comments come after a number of schools are said to have closed on Monday and Tuesday until the weather cools.

Ms Phillipson was asked if she would support parents who decide to keep their children out of school on these days.

The Labor MP told Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday: ‘I’m sure headteachers will do everything they can to make sure their schools are kept as cool as possible, kids are shelter from the scorching sun and stay indoors. as much as possible.

“I think the kids have already been missed a lot in terms of education and it’s good that they’re here.”

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‘Fierce heat wave could kill people,’ says paramedic association chief

The ‘fierce heat’ in the UK over the next few days could lead to the death of people, the chief executive of the College of Paramedics has warned.

Tracy Nicholls told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: ‘It’s not like a nice hot day where we can put on some sunscreen, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal at the outside.

“It’s severe heat that could actually end up killing people because it’s so fierce. We’re just not prepared for that kind of heat in this country.

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‘Enjoy the sun but use common sense,’ says Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab

People should “enjoy the sun” and be “resilient enough” for the next few days of heatwave, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said.

The Met Office issued orange and red alerts warning of “potential serious illness or life-threatening” as temperatures peaked at up to 40C on Monday and Tuesday.

Mr Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: ‘Obviously there’s some practical common sense advice we’re talking about – stay hydrated, stay out of the sun in the hottest hours , wear sunscreen – that kind of stuff.

“We have to take advantage of the sun and in fact we have to be resilient enough to some of the pressures that it will exert.”

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Put your pajamas in the freezer and other tips for falling asleep in the heat

A health expert has shared tips on how to fall asleep during the record high temperatures expected over the next few days.

Julie Gooderick, an expert in ‘extreme environments’ at the University of Brighton, said the ideal room temperature for sleeping is around 18-21C.

Air conditioners would easily reduce the temperature of a room, but not everyone can or wants to operate the devices in their home.

Hot weather can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep

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Using fans, opening windows at night, and keeping curtains closed during the day will help keep a room from getting too hot.

She also advises using a thin sheet instead of a duvet, using cooling pads on the skin, taking a cold shower, or putting pajamas in the freezer a few hours before bedtime to help cool the body down as much. as possible.

Avoiding napping during the day will also help prevent insomnia at night, Ms Gooderick said.

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Irritated chefs and hot brewers: the most difficult tasks to accomplish during a heat wave

Some jobs are tougher than others in the heat, especially when they’re already up against scorching temperatures, like in a kitchen.

Unions have called for working from home to be allowed where possible and many companies have relaxed their dress codes.

But, of course, many jobs cannot be done from home and some become all the more taxing when the weather warms up.

Colin Drurry spoke to some essential workers about how they handle work during a heat wave.

You can read his list here:

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