UK weather: health warning for anyone planning a BBQ this weekend

Britain will revel in soaring temperatures and ‘tropical’ nights heat wave Handles early next week, weather forecasters warn.

The Met Office has extended its amber extreme heat warning for much of England and Wales, so it now applies from Sunday to late Tuesday, with the hot spell expected to peak on Monday or Tuesday.

With the scorching weather, many of us will be planning to dust off our barbecues, prompting a Food Standards Agency warning about a popular barbecue snack.

The FSA has warned against leaving burgers pink in the centre, warning “burgers aren’t like a steak”.

Steve Wearne, the FSA’s director of policy, said: “It’s important that people realize that burgers aren’t like steak.

“Harmful bacteria can be carried on the surface of cuts of meat. Searing a raw steak kills these bacteria, but burger meat is shredded so bacteria from the surface of the raw meat are mixed all the way through the burger.

“These bacteria can stay alive inside unless the burger is fully cooked through, no matter how good and expensive the meat is.”

Firefighters warn of fire hazard in UK heatwave

Meanwhile, the fire brigade warns of an increased risk of fire due to the heat wave.

In the last five years, London firefighters have tackled nearly 600 fires using barbecues, 45 of which have been on private balconies.

The brigade’s assistant fire safety officer, Charlie Pugsley, said: “We want people to enjoy the glorious weather and to do so safely.

“Grilling on dry grass is reckless and can easily cause a really serious fire – damaging the immediate area and endangering nearby properties.

“We’re also asking people to think twice about grilling on the balcony.

“It’s easier than you might think for a balcony fire to spread to others, which could not only leave you homeless but also displace hundreds of your neighbors.

“We’re not trying to take the fun out of the heatwave, but for the sake of our city – and our firefighters who have to work in the sweltering heat to fight these blazes – we really want people to take our advice on the board.”

“We are asking the public to stay alert and call 999 as soon as they see any signs of smoldering grass.” UK weather: health warning for anyone planning a BBQ this weekend

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