A WEATHER WARNING issued by the Met Office says there is a potential “risk of death” – with temperatures likely to rise further in the coming days.
The rare yellow warning means there can be travel delays, road and rail closures, power outages and even potential danger to life and property.
It begins at midnight on Sunday and ends at 11:59 p.m. the same day.
However, the Met Office has said an update to extend the warning until Monday 18 July is “likely”.
The warning has been issued for much of England and Wales, including Sussex.
Temperatures have never reached 40C in the UK, but computer modeling forecasts have shown that for the first time ever, that could be the case in mid-July.
According to the latest models, large parts of the southeast could also reach 39 ° C.
On Monday, Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Right now we see a 30 per cent chance of seeing the hottest temperature on record in the UK.”
The warmest day on record in the UK was 38.7°C, recorded at the Cambridge Botanic Garden in July 2019.
England’s hottest day so far this year remains June 17 at Santon Downham in Suffolk with 32.7C.
Network Rail has warned that speed restrictions are likely to be in place this week in some parts of the network hardest hit by the hot weather.
Sussex Fire Services have urged people to have picnics instead of barbecues in warm weather following a spate of grass fires.
The AA Driving School and RAC, meanwhile, said motorists should carry water, start their drive earlier in the day, plan their routes and check their vehicles before driving.
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