Extreme weather continues to hit the UK, and the UK did not immediately get rid of rising temperatures.
The country’s meteorological agency, The Met Office, has extended a hazard warning to life and health.
They stated that the heatwave would probably continue into next week.
“Temperatures will rise again later this week, and will most likely peak on Monday or Tuesday. After that, high values may fall,” the agency said in a statement.
First, the UK must brace itself: This weekend, temperatures are expected to creep up to 40 degrees.
Health authorities “pushed to breaking point”, the newspaper wrote Independent. Hospitals and ambulance services have announced black alarms – the highest level of preparedness.
The reason for this is the sharp increase in patients in emergency rooms, caused by a combination of extreme heat and coronavirus-related absences.
Health authorities have gone so far as to prevent people from seeking emergency care as capacity has been blown. Only persons in danger of death are encouraged to call emergency numbers.
In addition, leaders in the health sector warn that high temperatures create problems with poorly equipped hospitals’ storage of medicines.
So far, the consequences are far-reaching – and not just for humans.
– Don’t throw it in the air
According to Swifts UK, a group dedicated to sailing birds, many chicks fell from the sky due to the heat wave.
They advise people not to toss it in the air or keep it away from windows, writes Sky News.
“The bird can be placed in the palm of your hand and held at shoulder height to see if it will fly, but if not, it CANNOT be tossed into the air,” the group wrote. Twitter.
The group also says that you should not feed the birds, but rather contact an expert who can take care of them.
Train tracks on fire
The country’s public transportation is also not spared from the forces of extreme weather.
Two days ago, the logs took the railroad track that crossed the bridge south of the London lighthouse. It may have been the result of sparks carried by the wind from elsewhere, according to rail company Network Rail.
The heat also has the potential to cause the rails to expand or warp. Therefore, the company has introduced speed limits in some places, writes Independent.
“Due to the extremely high temperatures expected this week, our weather team will be monitoring exposed areas to ensure that trains can be operated in a safe and predictable manner for passengers,” a Network Rail spokesman said Monday, according to the newspaper. .
– Don’t leave the children outside
Even people who are not at risk could fall ill or die, health authorities warn.
On Sunday, parents in London and the south-east of the country were asked to keep their children indoors to protect them from the heat.
– Don’t leave your children in the sun for long periods of time – and never leave them in the car on a hot day. Relaxing in the shade and cooling off in a cool place is important, writes the health office Twitter.
Air masses from Europe or North America
Heat waves are getting warmer, longer and more frequent as a result of climate change.
“Climate change has caused a complete paradigm shift for summer, and has turned what were previously considered extraordinary temperatures into something to be expected and frequent,” said climatologist Friedrike Otto at Imperial College London. Security.
Over the last three decades, the average temperature in the UK has increased by 0.9 degrees. Since 1884, the ten warmest years have been measured after 2002, according to BBC.
The ongoing heatwave in the UK is set to be the hottest since 2018 – a summer that has also occurred in Norway marked by countless record heats and severe droughts.
Throughout this week, currents of warm air will be carried by winds from North Africa and the Sahara desert and into Europe – first to France and Spain, before hitting the UK, wrote The Guardian’s climate editor.
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