UK heatwave live: red weather warning in effect with temperatures forecast to exceed 40C

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The Guardian

Good morning.

The UK is gearing up for its hottest ever day, with temperatures forecast to exceed 40C. The high temperatures are set to remain for the next two days, causing widespread disruption, as passengers are urged not to travel by train, since rails may buckle in the heat, and some schools will close.

The UK Health Security Agency has put in place its first ever level four heat warning to communicate to the public the danger posed by sustained high temperatures, meaning “illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups”.

The UK, and other European countries, have been seeing heatwaves with record-breaking temperatures regularly over the past few years. Scientists have said the link between climate change extreme heatwaves is now clear.

I’ll be keeping you updated on all the latest disruption, alongside weather analysis and tips on staying cool for the rest of the day. Please do get in touch if there’s anything happening in your local area, or you’ve spotted something we’ve missed – you can reach me at rachel.hall@theguardian.com.

July 18, 2022 at 12:56PM Rachel Hall

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