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The Met Office issues an orange extreme heat warning for parts of the North East

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 11, 2022

Britain is set to be hit by extreme temperatures in the coming weeks.

From Sunday, temperatures could reach 33C in parts of the UK, which are expected to continue into the coming week. The Met Office has now issued an amber weather warning ahead of this heat wave which covers the southern part of our region.

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Parts of Teesside and County Durham could see the mercury rise to 27C. In the rest of the country, a level 3 health alert from the UK Health Security Agency in place for parts of the south east this week, and a level 2 alert for much of the rest of England.

The Met Office said: The Amber warning, which was issued on Sunday (July 17), highlights the likely adverse health effects for the public, and not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. Temperatures could exceed 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C in the alert zone. These high temperatures could last until early next week and an extension of the warning will be considered in the coming days.

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Some exceptionally high temperatures are possible on Sunday and could have widespread effects on people and infrastructure.

The national forecaster has shared advice on what to expect during the heat wave.

What to expect (Meet Office)

  • Adverse health effects across the population are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, which can lead to serious illness or life-threatening conditions. Government advice is that 999 services should only be used in an emergency; ask for advice on 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.
  • Substantial changes in work practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • Many more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers, increasing the risk of water security incidents
  • Road delays and road closures are possible, as well as train and air travel delays and cancellations, with the potential for significant welfare issues for those experiencing even moderate delays

Temperatures will rise again later this week and over the coming weekend, likely peaking on Sunday and Monday. Some exceptionally high temperatures are possible and the cumulative effects of hot nights and hot days are expected to have widespread effects on people and infrastructure. This period of warm weather is expected to continue into early next week, hence an update extending this warning to Monday.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “Heat and health alerts have now been issued across the majority of the country with temperatures expected to remain consistently high throughout throughout this week.

“Most of us can take advantage of the warm weather when it arrives, but it’s important to stay hydrated and find shade when possible when the UV rays are strongest, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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