UK weather forecast today: Health warning as heatwave brings hottest day of the year

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Thursday has been confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far, as health officials warn Friday will be dangerously hot for many.

The temperature reached 29.3C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in London yesterday, surpassing Wednesday’s high of 28.3C.

Friday is expected to be even warmer with forecasts of 34C in the South East and temperatures reaching 30C across much of England and Wales.

The UK Health Security Agency issued several heat health alerts covering much of England on Friday. The agency warned that the heat posed a danger to at-risk groups, including the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

The increase in hot weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that high temperatures this week were “rare” for June but have been seen repeatedly in recent years.

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Hottest day of the year confirmed for second straight day ahead of 34C heatwave

Thursday was confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far, surpassing yesterday’s high of 1.1C.

The temperature reached 29.3C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in London, the Met Office confirmed, as Britain’s heat wave continued.

Friday is expected to be even warmer with forecasts of 34C in the South East and temperatures reaching 30C across much of England and Wales. A third day of temperatures above regional thresholds would mean the UK was experiencing a heat wave.

Health officials and experts have warned that the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups, including the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Liam JamesJune 17, 2022 03:00

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Ireland urges caution for outdoor swimmers as heat sets in

In the current heat wave, many people will seek cooling off in lakes and streams.

Anticipating this, Water Safety Ireland, the Coast Guard and the RNLI issued a joint appeal for outdoor swimmers to be careful.

Some 79 people drowned in 2021, three more than in 2020 but below the annual average of 111 each year for the past decade. A total of 1,108 people have drowned in the past 10 years.

Roger Sweeney, acting CEO of Water Safety Ireland, described the deaths as a “tragic and unnecessary loss of life and a significant public health concern”.

“Drownings can happen quickly and quietly and the warmer weather sometimes gives people a false sense of security, but the waterways are still quite cool, affecting the muscles needed to swim safely to shore,” said he declared.

“Swim in supervised waterways or designated swimming areas that are known to be safe and have ring buoys present. Stay in your depth, watch children closely and never use inflatable toys in open water as you can be swept from shore in an instant.

In Britain, Drowning Awareness Week kicks off this Saturday. More than 400 people accidentally drown in the UK and Ireland each year.

Liam JamesJune 17, 2022 12:30 a.m.

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Wildfires burn nearly 4,000 acres of Spain amid heatwave

Three wildfires have devastated 3,950 acres of pine trees and shrubs in eastern Spain since yesterday as a heatwave pushes temperatures to record highs, regional firefighters said Thursday.

Hundreds of firefighters were on the ground tackling the blazes with 120 trucks and 19 planes battling the blazes near the towns of Baldomar, Corbera d’Ebre and Castellar Ribera, Catalonia’s regional fire service said.

Most efforts focused on Baldomar, where the flames threatened 20,000 hectares of woodland and farmland. A few isolated houses were evacuated as well as a children’s home with 54 minors.

There were no reports of deaths or injuries.

Large swaths of the country face high or extreme wildfire risk, state weather agency Aemet said.

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia

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An Air Tractor AT-802A firefighting plane drops water on a forest fire near Artesa de Segre in Catalonia

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Members of the Emergency Military Unit work to put out a forest fire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia

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Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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Weather map: How hot where?

Take a look at the BBC weather map to see what the temperature is expected to look like across Britain tomorrow.

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 9:45 p.m.

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Watch: Londoners bask in hot weather as temperatures hit 29C in the capital

Britain’s hottest temperature of the year was recorded today in Greater London.

Heathrow and Kew Gardens in west London recorded 29.3C this afternoon.

Take a look below at how the capital’s residents enjoyed the warm weather:

Londoners bask in hot weather as temperatures reach 29C in the capital

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 8:25 p.m.

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Electricity demand in Texas hits records during intense U.S. heat wave

Electricity demand in Texas will likely hit new all-time highs today and Monday after breaking the previous record high on June 12, as economic growth boosts overall usage and homes and businesses keep air conditioners running to escape a lingering heat wave.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot), which operates the grid for more than 26 million customers representing about 90% of the state’s electric load, said it has enough resources to meet demand. .

Temperatures in Houston, Texas’ largest city, will mostly drop from 37.2°C today to 38.3°C on Sunday, according to AccuWeather. This compares to a normal high of 33°C for this time of year.

The central United States suffered a sweltering heat wave this week. Millions of Americans who live in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta have been warned that the heat could prove deadly.

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 6:45 p.m.

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Friday will be “unusually hot for this time of year”

Here’s the Met Office’s Alex Burkill putting the recent heat spell into context during a call with The Independent: “The temperatures will be much higher tomorrow at 34, even 35 C, it is exceptionally hot for June, particularly at the start of June.

“If you go back to the 1960s, we only have three cases where temperatures exceeded 34°C in June: 76, 2019 and 2017.

“So although we’ve had a few cases recently, if you look further back it’s a much rarer occurrence.

“It’s going to be very hot on Friday and unusually hot for this time of year.”

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 5:48 p.m.

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The hottest day of the year confirmed for the second day in a row

The Met Office has confirmed that today is the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures of 29.3C recorded at two locations in London.

Friday is expected to be even warmer with forecasts of 34C in the South East and temperatures reaching 30C across much of England and Wales.

Health officials have warned that the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups, including the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 4:51 p.m.

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A cooler weekend on the way after scorching temperatures

The heat is expected to kick up a notch tomorrow as temperatures are expected to climb into the 30s. But if the scorching heat isn’t for you, rest assured a cool breeze will set in on Saturday.

See more from the Met Office here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 4:04 p.m.

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UK heatwaves will become more deadly due to climate change, experts warn

Forecasters have warned that Friday could be a contender for the hottest June day on record with highs in parts of the southeast approaching 34C (93F).

The unusually hot weather has led some experts to warn of the “serious” health implications the sweltering heat can bring.

Dr. Mariam Zachariah, research associate, said The Independent The global implications of increasing heat waves have serious consequences, but could also help people cope with the scale of the climate crisis.

She said: “Heat waves have direct implications for both health and food security, and therefore can help the public understand the impact of climate change.

Read more from our environment correspondent Harry Cockburn here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 3:45 p.m.

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