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The Met Office has issued its first ever extreme heat warning as parts of the UK are set to swelter in 91.4F temperatures until Thursday with further advice over travel chaos, power cuts and ‘adverse health effects’.

Thunderstorms and showers are expected to hit the south of the country tonight and will stay for the next few days interspersed with more boiling weather.

Parts of Sussex have already seen heavy rain and thunderstorms taking place this afternoon as the Met Office has warned there could be up to 50mm of rainfall before 7pm tonight. 

The heat warning – which is similar to those issued when heavy rain or snow is forecast – covers a large part of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England, and will remain in force until the end of Thursday.

It is the first time the warning has been issued since the Met Office said last month that it would launch weather warnings for extreme heat after a record-breaking number of heatwave deaths were recorded in England last summer.

Temperatures are expected to reach 91.4F in some western areas later this week, with mid to high 80s expected elsewhere.

Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said: ‘This type of warning is issued when temperatures are unusually warm for a particular location, with the threshold different in certain areas of the country.

‘Really it’s to raise awareness that extreme heat can have an impact on things like your wellbeing, power supply and transport so people should take action.

‘Good things to do include staying out of the sun during the afternoon when it’s the hottest period of the day, closing curtains to keep living rooms cool, staying out direct sunlight and drinking plenty of water.’

Hordes of people flock to the beach in Bournemouth to soak up the scorching hot sun on Monday

Hordes of people flock to the beach in Bournemouth to soak up the scorching hot sun on Monday

Hordes of people flock to the beach in Bournemouth to soak up the scorching hot sun on Monday

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset 

Public Health England (PHE) also issued a heat-health alert, warning members of the public to take measures to stay cool and look out for vulnerable people. 

The Met Office launched a new Extreme Heat National Severe Weather Warning at the start of June 2021, with warnings to be issued based on the impacts of extreme heat.

Amber and red warnings can now be issued to inform the public of potential widespread disruption and adverse health effects.

Forecasters said the amber warning comes as the forecast continues to signal for unusually high temperatures for western areas in particular, as well as continuing high nightime temperatures creating potential impacts for health.

Extreme heat can have health consequences, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable, and it can impact infrastructure, including transport and energy, as well as the wider business community.

Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: ‘Everybody can be affected by high temperatures and most people are aware of good health advice for coping with hot weather.

A woman enjoys the sunshine on Freedom Day on a busy beach in Bournemouth as temperatures skyrocket

A woman enjoys the sunshine on Freedom Day on a busy beach in Bournemouth as temperatures skyrocket

A woman enjoys the sunshine on Freedom Day on a busy beach in Bournemouth as temperatures skyrocket 

Sunworshippers flocked to the beach today as the temperature hits 32C in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sunworshippers flocked to the beach today as the temperature hits 32C in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sunworshippers flocked to the beach today as the temperature hits 32C in Lyme Regis, Dorset 

Two women enjoy drinks in the sun on Freedom Day on a busy Bournemouth beach without a cloud in the sky

Two women enjoy drinks in the sun on Freedom Day on a busy Bournemouth beach without a cloud in the sky

Two women enjoy drinks in the sun on Freedom Day on a busy Bournemouth beach without a cloud in the sky 

A couple sunbathe in the scorching temperatures on Bournemouth beach today

A couple sunbathe in the scorching temperatures on Bournemouth beach today

A couple sunbathe in the scorching temperatures on Bournemouth beach today 

A couple set up camp on a sunny and sandy Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year so far

A couple set up camp on a sunny and sandy Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year so far

A couple set up camp on a sunny and sandy Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year so far

‘However, it’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.

‘As we experience the first hot weather episode of the year, it’s important for everyone to remember to adapt their behaviours. This is particularly important during the pandemic with many people self-isolating.’

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, also said people should think carefully before travelling to beaches, parks and other public places.

During hot weather, there is often increased traffic near coastal areas, increased use of open water by the public, and an increase in wildfire risk.

Met Office chief operational meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said: ‘The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.

‘Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focusses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.

A paddleboarder is out on Monday morning at Bournemouth beach ready for another hot day, and the first day of freedom

A paddleboarder is out on Monday morning at Bournemouth beach ready for another hot day, and the first day of freedom

A paddleboarder is out on Monday morning at Bournemouth beach ready for another hot day, and the first day of freedom

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher on Monday. Pictured: Sunrise in Dorset

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher on Monday. Pictured: Sunrise in Dorset

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher on Monday. Pictured: Sunrise in Dorset

Beachgoers have already set up camp on Bournemout beach ready for another heatwave day

Beachgoers have already set up camp on Bournemout beach ready for another heatwave day

Beachgoers have already set up camp on Bournemout beach ready for another heatwave day 

A woman enjoys a drink while sitting on a camping chair in a bikini on the hottest day of the  year so far in Bournemouth

A woman enjoys a drink while sitting on a camping chair in a bikini on the hottest day of the  year so far in Bournemouth

A woman enjoys a drink while sitting on a camping chair in a bikini on the hottest day of the  year so far in Bournemouth 

‘There’s a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most areas will stay dry until later in the week.

‘Temperatures should begin to fall for most areas heading into the weekend, with some more unsettled conditions looking to develop.’ 

Chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office, Steven Ramsdale, said: ‘The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week. Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focuses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.

‘There’s a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most areas will stay dry until later in the week. Temperatures should begin to fall for most areas heading into the weekend, with some more unsettled conditions looking to develop.’  

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher on Monday.

In England on Sunday, 88.88F (31.6C) was recorded in Heathrow, overtaking Saturday’s record-breaking 86.54F (30.3C) recorded in Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire. 

Three children were treated for sunburn across ‘fairly large areas of their bodies’ over the hottest weekend of the year in Britain. 

And five people died in separate drowning incidents across England as the country experienced the hottest weekend of the year so far. 

Emergency services are urging sunseekers and bathers to stay safe after the bodies of three teenagers, a man of an unknown age and a man in his 50s were pulled from rivers and lakes. 

Yesterday the mercury hit 88.9F (31.6C) in Heathrow, west London, and 86F (30.2C) in Cardiff.

Estela Romero, 18, (left)  and Lara Katlandur,  18, enjoy the hot weather on St Annes beach in Lancashire

Estela Romero, 18, (left)  and Lara Katlandur,  18, enjoy the hot weather on St Annes beach in Lancashire

Estela Romero, 18, (left)  and Lara Katlandur,  18, enjoy the hot weather on St Annes beach in Lancashire 

The pair had fun prancing around on the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on St Annes beach in Lancashire

The pair had fun prancing around on the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on St Annes beach in Lancashire

The pair had fun prancing around on the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on St Annes beach in Lancashire

Sun lovers flock to the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach

Sun lovers flock to the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach

Sun lovers flock to the beach on the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach 

Sunbathers flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Sunbathers flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Sunbathers flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Hordes of people flocked to Lyme Regis in Dorset to enjoy the good weather and seaside

Hordes of people flocked to Lyme Regis in Dorset to enjoy the good weather and seaside

Hordes of people flocked to Lyme Regis in Dorset to enjoy the good weather and seaside 

And Swansea’s Morriston hospital saw three children admitted to the Welsh centre for burns and plastic surgery over Friday and Saturday. 

The Swansea Bay NHS care board said: ‘Our burns centre has been treating a lot of children with serious sunburn and staff fear a further surge in cases in the coming days. 

How to survive the heat 

Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool

Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors 

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol

Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat

Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day

Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling

If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice

If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke 

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‘Please remember to be sun safe. Just a few minutes applying a high-factor sun screen could save you and your child a lot of pain and suffering.’ 

It comes after parents were urged to use sun cream on their children yesterday. 

The Met Office’s warning states that people in the danger areas can expect:  

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
  • The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents
  • Some changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail, leading to power cuts and the loss of other services to some homes and businesses
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays. 

Doctors are calling on parents to protect their kids from the blazing sun as temperatures soar across Britain. 

A spokesman for the Welsh centre added: ‘We have seen three children admitted in the last two days with sunburn to fairly large areas of their bodies.

‘As you can imagine, it’s quite painful and could have been avoided if they had applied protection.’

Two women sunbathe on towels in the scorching weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Two women sunbathe on towels in the scorching weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today

Two women sunbathe on towels in the scorching weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset today 

People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far

People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far

People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far

A woman plays volleyball in the sea with friends as she enjoys the hot sunny weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

A woman plays volleyball in the sea with friends as she enjoys the hot sunny weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

A woman plays volleyball in the sea with friends as she enjoys the hot sunny weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset 

Sunlovers have flocked to the beach in Bournemouth to celebrate the sunny weather in Dorset

Sunlovers have flocked to the beach in Bournemouth to celebrate the sunny weather in Dorset

Sunlovers have flocked to the beach in Bournemouth to celebrate the sunny weather in Dorset 

A woman paddles in the shallows of the sea in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far

A woman paddles in the shallows of the sea in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far

A woman paddles in the shallows of the sea in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far 

Hordes of people have taken to the sun-filled beach in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far

Hordes of people have taken to the sun-filled beach in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far

Hordes of people have taken to the sun-filled beach in Bournemouth in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far 

Families and friends have taken to the beach in Bournemouth on Freedom Day to enjoy the scorching weather

Families and friends have taken to the beach in Bournemouth on Freedom Day to enjoy the scorching weather

Families and friends have taken to the beach in Bournemouth on Freedom Day to enjoy the scorching weather 

Bournemouth beach is packed with tourists and locals soaking up the scorching hot weather on what is the hottest day of the year

Bournemouth beach is packed with tourists and locals soaking up the scorching hot weather on what is the hottest day of the year

Bournemouth beach is packed with tourists and locals soaking up the scorching hot weather on what is the hottest day of the year 

Sun lovers brought parasols and tents to keep themselves shaded and cool on the hottest day of the year on Bournemouth beach

Sun lovers brought parasols and tents to keep themselves shaded and cool on the hottest day of the year on Bournemouth beach

Sun lovers brought parasols and tents to keep themselves shaded and cool on the hottest day of the year on Bournemouth beach 

Couples and friends are seen soaking up the glorious sunshine on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach

Couples and friends are seen soaking up the glorious sunshine on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach

Couples and friends are seen soaking up the glorious sunshine on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far on Bournemouth beach 

A woman applies sun screen to protect herself from the scorching rays on Bournemouth beach

A woman applies sun screen to protect herself from the scorching rays on Bournemouth beach

A woman applies sun screen to protect herself from the scorching rays on Bournemouth beach 

Sunbathers enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Sunbathers enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Sunbathers enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine on the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Hordes of sunworshippers have taken to the beach in Lyme Regis to soak up the scorching sunshine in Dorset

Hordes of sunworshippers have taken to the beach in Lyme Regis to soak up the scorching sunshine in Dorset

Hordes of sunworshippers have taken to the beach in Lyme Regis to soak up the scorching sunshine in Dorset  

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Sunbathers and visitors flock to the beach to enjoy the scorching hot morning sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on freedom day as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Drowning death toll rises to SEVEN on hottest weekend of the year 

A seventh person has been confirmed to have died in separate drowning incidents across England over what was the hottest weekend of the year so far – while two others died from a heart attack and ‘heat stroke’.

The latest victim was today revealed to be a 29-year-old man who drowned after ‘accidentally getting out of his depth’ in the surf near Blackpool on Saturday.

The RNLI and coastguard launched a frantic five-hour search for the stricken swimmer when he suddenly went under the waves at around 3.25pm and failed to resurface. 

It was later confirmed that the victim, from Bolton, had been at the seaside enjoying the warm weather with a group of friends. 

The death follows a string of tragedies across England with bodies being recovered from rivers, quarries and a quay. 

It was also revealed this afternoon that a man’s body was recovered from a disused quarry in Dove Holes, Buxton, Derbyshire on Sunday evening.

Derbyshire police said they were called to the Victory Quarry at around 7pm last night, following reports that someone had entered the water and ‘found himself in difficulty.’

The force said firefighters and paramedics also attended the scene but ‘despite extensive search and rescue efforts, the man’s body was recovered from the water shortly before 11pm.’ 

Authorities also revealed Monday that another man was pulled from a lake in Sheffield late on Sunday evening, several hours after going missing.

Reports of a man coming into difficulty had been made at the Crookes Valley Park at 7.31pm, before emergency services located a body at just before midnight. 

Specialist search teams did everything in their power to find him, a police spokesman said. 

The tragic news emerged after four other people had already been confirmed to have lost their lives in separate drowning incidents around the country.      

Emergency services had urged sunseekers to stay safe after the bodies of three teenagers and a man in his 50s were pulled from rivers and lakes.

One of the teenagers, who drowned in the river Eden, was named today as 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid. 

The force confirmed that the body of the teenager had been found near Stony Holme at around 11.45am.    

It was also revealed Monday that a man collapsed and died after reportedly suffering from extreme ‘heat stroke’ while playing football in Tower Hamlets yesterday. 

Although paramedics arrived within seven minutes, the unnamed man died at the scene. 

Not 24 hours earlier, cricketer Maqsood Anwar, 45, died from a suspected heart attack while bowling in 81F weather. 

He had earlier experienced chest pains but decided to play on in soaring temperatures in Barry, south Wales. 

Teammates rushed to call 999 but tragically the father-of-two, known by friends as ‘Max’, could not be revived. 

Later on Sunday Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a teenager had died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays.

A huge rescue operation was launched after witnesses reported a 19-year-old man was struggling in the water at about 4.40pm. 

Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and boats were used to search the quays for the missing teenager.

After hours of searching, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the 19-year-old man had died. 

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Dr Zoe Lee added: ‘Our advice to parents is to encourage their children to play in the shade as much as possible, wear hats and long sleeves, and apply regular applications of sun cream to the skin. 

‘It’s also important to apply sun cream regularly and to keep hydrated.’ 

As the summer heatwave continues Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: 

‘Temperatures are expected to increase even further on Sunday, reaching highs of 33C in the south of the UK.’

He added an extended hot spell of weather is expected to last for much of the week ahead, adding: 

‘It’s going to mean that people are really going to feel the effects of the heat as we go through this week.’

Yesterday in England, 86.5F was recorded in Coton In The Elms, Derbyshire, surpassing the 85.4F recorded in south-west London on June 14.  

The year’s highest temperatures so far were also recorded in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales, at 85.2F, and in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, at 82.7F. 

And across England yesterday three people died after being rescued from water. 

A 19-year-old man was pulled fro the Salford Quays in Greater Manchester and died. 

The body of a man in his 50s was rescued from the River Ouse in the York. And a teenage girl was recovered from Ducklington Lake in Witney, near Oxford, but died later.    

Overnight temperatures peaked at 68F in parts of the UK last night, leaving some Britons waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. 

And the warm weather is set to continue this week, though snap thunderstorms could also be on the way, experts predict.  

It comes as temperatures are expected to reach 82.4F today in the warmest parts of the UK, including London and the south west. Most of the rest of the country is set for 80F temperatures throughout today.

However, while temperatures remain hot, rain could be on the way – bringing a bit of light relief from the sweltering heat.  

According to the Met Office: ‘Today will be a mainly dry day with long periods of sunshine once any early cloud burns back to the coast. 

‘Low chance of isolated heavy showers in the afternoon, mainly in the west. Very warm or hot inland, cooler near coasts.’

Tuesday may also come with more showers, though the warm weather is set to continue throughout the week, with potential thunderstorms on the way.  

The Met Office said temperatures could climb to a maximum of 32C in London and the South East of England on Monday, adding that there is a low chance of isolated heavy showers in the afternoon.

The long range forecast for next weekend suggests spells of rain or showers are likely for many areas, with temperatures easing back closer to normal.

Forecasters also warn that some heavy rain or thunderstorms are possible.

Tens of thousands of people headed for beaches over the weekend with roads busy on coastal routes.

Top ways to stay safe in the heat include drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol, keeping out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, walking in the shade, and applying sunscreen and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

People are also urged to avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.

Chloe Brimicombe, a PhD heatwaves researcher at the University of Reading, said: ‘We’re likely to see increased hospital admissions over the next few days, due to heat stress – a build up of body heat as conditions prevent people from cooling down, even at night – and other heat-related health issues.

‘Vulnerable people do die. Outdoor workers can get long-term kidney disease. We can also see a rise in air pollution, which affects people’s lungs.’ 

Saturday had marked the hottest day of the year for all four nations, and the hottest day since records began for Northern Ireland with 31.2C (88.16F) recorded in Ballywatticock, in County Down, beating the previous highest temperature of 30.8C (87.44F), which was reached on July 12, 1983 and June 30, 1976.   

Beachgoers leave a whopping 70 tonnes of litter at one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts over weekend 

A whopping 70 tonnes of litter was left by 500,000 visitors to one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts this weekend.

As temperatures soared to 81F (27C), hoards of tourists caused road closures, traffic mayhem, and left mounds of rubbish behind on Bournemouth beach.

The local authority said that about half a million people flocked to the resort across Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the sun and cool off in the sea.

However, a major litter picking operation was in place to keep the seaside resort clean, with 70 tonnes of rubbish picked up and taken away.

A record breaking 1,300 parking tickets – £78,000 in cash terms – were also dished out to inconsiderate motorists whose cars choked the seafront from posh Sandbanks to Bournemouth.

The road to the excluisve Sandbanks peninsula had to be closed after the car park filled up by 9am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Councillor Drew Mellor, leader of BCP Council, said: ‘We were pleased to welcome so many people to our area. Hotels were at capacity and it was great to see our restaurants and bars so busy.

‘Disappointingly, we were faced with significant numbers of illegal parking.

‘We issued a record number of penalty charge notices, and our parking colleagues did a fantastic job, but we recognise that irresponsible parking impacts most on our residents and businesses along our coastline.

‘Waste services were also put under pressure to keep on top of the litter and feedback about this service has been excellent from both visitors and businesses.’

As well as towing away cars, offiicials removed over 100 tents which had been pitched illegally on the sandy beach.

 

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‘Too HOT to sleep!’: Britons lie awake all night due to sweltering 88.9F on warmest day of 2021 

Britons are today waking up after a restless night of heat-ruined sleep ahead of what is expected to be another sweltering day in the UK’s long-awaited summer heatwave.

Overnight temperatures peaked at 68F in parts of the UK last night, leaving some Britons waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

Earlier Britons had basked in the hottest day of the year, with temperatures soaring to a sweltering 88.9F at Heathrow Airport yesterday – the warmest of the year so far.

And the warm weather is set to continue this week, though snap thunderstorms could also be on the way, experts predict. 

People this morning took to Twitter to share their sleep struggles – while others are on their way to bed after enjoying their first night out in 16 months on ‘Freedom Day’.

One Twitter user joked: ‘Too hot to sleep, too tired to get up. Welcome to Monday.’

 

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