South East will hit 34C (93F) today while rest of England and Wales expect between 27C (81F) and 30C (86F)
Today will be third hottest day of 2022 in succession after 29.5C (85F) yesterday and 28.2C (82.7F) on Wednesday
Heatwave coming up from Spain and Portugal will make portions of the UK more sweltering than Jamaica and the Maldives
Yet, individuals living in Northern Ireland, North West England and Scotland face cooler climate and downpour today
Temperatures are set to hit 26C (79F) in the South East tomorrow, prior to dropping to 21C (70F) by Sunday
Sunseekers ran to sea shores and stops from 6am today as Britain records its most sweltering day of the year for the third day straight with temperatures taking off to 34C (93F) – and it might really be the hottest June day on record.
The most blazing weather conditions will associate with London, after the hottest day of 2022 up to this point yesterday with 29.5C (85F) at Northolt in the capital, which itself beat the past high of 28.2C (82.7F) set at Kew Gardens on Wednesday.
Temperatures are estimate to climb further today as a heatwave coming up from Spain and Portugal sees the South East hit 34C (93F), while the remainder of England and Wales can expect between 27C (81F) and 30C (86F).
It implies portions of the UK will be more blazing than Jamaica and the Maldives – however individuals in Northern Ireland, North West England and Scotland were cautioned to prepare for cooler climate and downpour. Truth be told, weighty downpour and solid breezes were so savage north of the boundary that Network Rail forced a speed limitation on the West Highland Line today.
However, there is a slim possibility today could be the most sweltering June day for Britain on record, with the ongoing all-time high for the month being 35.6C (96.1F) – set in London on June 29, 1957, and Southampton on June 28, 1976.
Temperatures in the South East hit 23C (73F) at London City Airport at 7am toward the beginning of today, then 26C (79F) at 9am and 27C (81F) at 10am. The Met Office said the UK is ‘still on course to see a 34C some place this evening’.
There are likewise any expectations of a sublime Saturday for some pieces of the UK – with temperatures set to hit 26C (79F) in the South East tomorrow, prior to dropping fundamentally to a lot cooler high of 21C (70F) by Sunday.
It comes as Royal Ascot loosened up its clothing regulation for the sweltering climate, permitting men to eliminate their ties and all observers to acquire water and sodas – with the two actions occurring without precedent for the occasion’s set of experiences.
People claim their spots on Bournemouth beach in Dorset at 8.30am today ahead of the hottest temperatures of the year
The dress code was relaxed for the first time in 2017 when men were allowed to take off their jackets, while on another occasion racegoers were advised to wear boots on waterlogged ground, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Firefighters at the London Fire Brigade (LFB) are warning of an increased risk of fires due to the heatwave.
The LFB said it has already attended more than 1,430 grass and open land fires across the city this year. This includes grassland, canal and riverbank vegetation, scrubland, parks, playgrounds, crops and woodland.
Around 350 of these were in domestic gardens and the LFB said that with prolonged periods of hot weather, there is a concern these numbers will rise. In the last five years, they have attended almost 600 fires involving barbecues, 45 of which were on private balconies.
The LFB’s assistant commissioner for fire safety, Charlie Pugsley, said: ‘We want people to enjoy the glorious weather and do so safely. Barbecuing on dry grass is reckless and can easily cause a really serious fire – damaging the immediate area and risking nearby properties.
‘We’re also urging people to think twice about having barbecues on balconies. It’s easier than you might think for a balcony fire to spread to others, which could not only leave you homeless but displace hundreds of your neighbours too.
‘We’re not trying to take the fun out of the heatwave, but for the sake of our city – and of our firefighters who have to work in sweltering temperatures to tackle these blazes – we’d really like people to take our advice on board. We’re asking the public to remain vigilant and call 999 as soon as they see any signs of smouldering grass.’
Firefighters are also warning residents not to risk their safety for a cooling swim. In the last five years, crews have attended almost 300 reports of a person in water or at immediate risk of entering water. The LFB said there were nine accidental drownings in London last year, making it the joint third highest in the UK.
‘The health issues related to heat include direct effects, such as heat stroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects including poorer mental health and an increase in accidents such as car crashes and drownings.’
Healthcare staff have been told to plan for how the hot weather will affect patients, after a Level Three heat-health alert was issued by the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) for most of South East.
A Level Two heat-health alert remains in force for southern and central England, while northern England is still under Level One.
Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UKHSA, told BBC Breakfast today that the Level Three alert is to help protect the NHS.
Dr Sousa added: ‘The Level 3 alert is operational and called ‘heatwave action’. It is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services for possible increases in demand due to increases in temperatures.
‘We also have a Level 2 that is currently active in the South West and East of England that is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services in case they need to enter into action in case we see an increase in temperatures.
‘Right now the situation is stable, and we expect the temperatures to drop tomorrow.’
The hot weather has been prompted in part by a natural build up of heat in the UK, thanks to clear skies and dry ground conditions. Warmer air from Europe has also been a major factor, leading to a ‘crescendo’ today.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We have got warmer air being brought up from further south in Europe where there has been a major heat incident, particularly in Iberia, so that’s leading to the sort of crescendo we will see on Friday.
‘We have got the heat building day by day. We think at the moment, although there is some uncertainty, that the weather temperatures will peak on Friday and then largely we will be in for a cooler day on Saturday.
And 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 is also increasing the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures.
‘Reaching 34C during June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the historical climate records for the UK. But if it should happen this week it would be notable that it would have occurred on three days during the last six Junes’.
Charities warn pet owners about dangers of hot weather for animals
Charities have warned pet owners about the dangers of hot weather affecting animals.
The RSPCA is urging dog owners to be aware of the dangers of walking their pets – especially ones with thick coats and underlying health conditions – during the warmer seasons.
The Blue Cross meanwhile urged cat owners to be careful when leaving windows open after a kitten fell from three storeys and fractured her leg.
Esme Wheeler, RSPCA dog welfare specialist, said: ‘The truth is walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer. While the majority would never leave our dogs in a car on a hot day, or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may still be putting their dogs at risk even on a short walk, or taking them to places such as fields and beaches with little or no shade.
‘We have long-campaigned that dogs die in hot cars, but this year we’re highlighting that dogs die on hot walks, too. The message remains very simple – never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is too long, and when it comes to walks, ‘if in doubt, don’t go out.”
The Blue Cross said Dory, a 16-week old kitten, was found by her owner after she fell from a window in Pimlico, central London, during a spate of hot weather on May 18. The kitten was so badly injured she had to have her leg amputated. Dory’s owner placed her in the care of the charity following the incident and the Blue Cross is now hoping to rehome her.
Some advice by the charity to cool pets down includes keeping cats indoors during the hottest points in the day, with windows open that have wire mesh or netting to prevent any injuries, and instead letting them out during the cooler parts of the day. Other tips include giving cooling pads and ice treats to dogs.
He added: ‘Much cooler for Scotland, for Northern Ireland, and for the far North of England as well, and temperatures could be lower than Thursday because of the cold front moving in from the North West.
‘It’s likely to bring a substantial spell of rain [today] for western Scotland in particular, some heavy and persistent rain here, outbreaks of rain also for Northern Ireland and the rest of Scotland, and pushing into northern England.
‘(It will be) fizzling out for a time before an area of low pressure moves up from the South at the start of the weekend and engages with this significant temperature contrast between the hot South and the cooler North West.
‘And those ingredients could result in some significant thunderstorms in places close to this weather front, and certainly some significant outbreaks of rain.
‘At the moment it looks in central parts of the UK where we’ll see some heavy rain on Saturday and a significant drop in temperatures. The temperatures do decline through the weekend – a cooling trend, and also we’ll see some substantial wet weather.
‘This low [weather front] will start to increasingly affect the UK from the South West and its West and south-western shores, where we’re most likely to see the heaviest and more persistent rain during Sunday. But it could extend as far as Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.’
Yesterday, highs of 26.1C (79F) were recorded in Cardiff, 21.4C (70.5F) was recorded in Edinburgh and 20.6C (69.1F) was recorded in Derrylin in Northern Ireland.
Other experts – some of whom attribute the heat to climate change – have warned people of the dangers surrounding the hot weather.
Professor Hannah Cloke, of the University of Reading, said: ‘Despite the official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and don’t change their plans to take it into account.
‘We need to consider how people react to the current warnings, and continue to improve them. A warning system that people ignore is next to useless.
‘Thousands of people already die due to excess heat in the UK, and climate change will only make heatwaves more frequent and more extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die before we take heatwaves seriously.’