‘National Emergency’ declared as heatwave ‘dangers life’

A “NATIONAL State of Emergency” has been declared for England as record-breaking temperatures are forecast for parts of the country next week.

A nationwide Level 4 heat warning has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency for Monday and Tuesday, with “extraordinary temperatures possible in places” and potentially life-threatening.

The hottest places are likely to be in parts of central and eastern England, where the Met Office first forecast the possibility of temperatures of 40C.

This is the first time such a warning has been issued. It is triggered when a heatwave is “so severe and/or persistent that its impacts go beyond health and welfare systems.”

The agency warned that “disease and death can occur in the healthy and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.”

dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and public health at the UKHSA, said: “Most of the country has now received heat warnings, with temperatures expected to remain consistently high throughout the weekend and the start of next week.

“It’s important to stay hydrated and seek shade if possible, when UV rays are at their strongest between 11am and 3pm.

“If you have vulnerable family members, friends and neighbors, make sure they know how to protect themselves from the warm weather.”

The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Extraordinary, perhaps record-breaking, temperatures are likely early next week, well above the red warning area on Monday and slightly more east and north on Tuesday.

“Currently there is a 50 per cent chance that we will see temperatures above 40C and an 80 per cent chance that a new high will be reached.

“Nights are also likely to be exceptionally warm, particularly in urban areas. This is likely to result in widespread human and infrastructure impacts.

“So it’s important that people plan for the heat and consider changing their routines. This heat can have adverse health effects.”

Temperatures in Brighton and Hove are expected to hit 33C on Tuesday, with mercury forecast to hit 35C at Gatwick Airport.

The news comes as the Met Office issues a red extreme heat warning for London and parts of central and eastern England. A yellow warning remains in place for the rest of the country and parts of Wales.

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