Met Office issues rare heat alert as Brighton is set to 28C

A RARE extreme heat alert was issued for Sussex late this week which could pose a threat to life.

The rare amber extreme heat warning covers much of England, including all of Sussex, as well as parts of Wales.

The Met Office has warned that “exceptionally high” temperatures are possible on Sunday and “could result in widespread impacts on people and infrastructure”.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures will rise again later this week and next weekend, likely to peak on Sunday and Monday.

“Some exceptionally high temperatures are possible and the cumulative effects of warm nights and hot days are expected to have widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.”

The agency has warned of potential delays to road, rail and air travel and that population-wide health impacts are likely – resulting in potentially serious illness or death.

Warm temperatures are expected to continue into next week, with the heat warning expected to be extended through Monday.

Temperatures in Brighton are expected to hit 28C, with forecast models predicting mercury could hit 40C in other parts of the south east this weekend.

The highest temperature recorded in the UK was recorded in July 2019 when the Cambridge Botanic Garden reached 38.7°C.

Water utilities have urged people not to waste water during the heatwave, and suppliers warn higher demand could mean people run out of water from their taps.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We do not anticipate that temporary bans on use will be required across the region in the coming months.

“But where water is scarcer and the pressure on supplies is greatest, we may need additional measures.

“We are working closely with local communities and partner agencies in these areas to keep disruption to a minimum.” Met Office issues rare heat alert as Brighton is set to 28C

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