Heat wave in the UK and Europe – live updates

An LED sign on a London street carries extreme heat in London, England on July 19.
An LED sign on a London street carries extreme heat, London, England on July 19. (Sebastian Gollnow/picture Alliance/Getty Images)

The UK will face scorching temperatures on Tuesday that could break all extreme heat records, a day after the hottest night was recorded in parts of the country.

Temperatures hit 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday at Santon Downham in the east of England, making it the third hottest day on record. Officials warned that the situation could worsen.

Tuesday is “expected to be even hotter,” Met Office Director General Penelope Endersby told the BBC, adding that it was more likely to reach 40°C.

“Even possibly higher than that, 41 is not out of the question,” she said. “We even have 43s in our model, but we hope it won’t be as high.”

A woman cools off in front of a large fan at Kings Cross tube station during a heat wave in London, England, on July 19.
A woman cools off in front of a large fan at Kings Cross tube station during a heat wave in London, England, on July 19. (Dinendra Haria / LNP / Shutterstock)

Earlier this month, the weather bureau said the extreme heat could put “human lives at risk.” In southern Europe, which is also experiencing a heat wave, more than 1,100 people have died from the extreme heat.

The Met Office recently published its first ever red warning for extreme heat for parts of the country, including London and Manchester, calling the warning “a very serious situation”.

“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbors, now is the time to make sure they are taking appropriate measures to deal with the heat, because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red warning zone, then people’s lives are in danger.” ,” Met Office spokesman Graham Madge said.

The National Weather Agency said many Britons also experienced the country’s warmest night on record.

“The UK temporarily recorded the highest daily minimum temperature on record. Temperatures did not drop below 25°C in places, exceeding the previous highest daily minimum record of 23.9°C, recorded in Brighton on August 3, 1990,” the Met Office said. tweeted on Tuesday.

Some background: Residents of commuter trains in the UK capital called do not use London’s transport network earlier this week, barring “essential travel” amid the scorching heat in Western Europe.

“Due to the exceptionally hot weather expected next week, customers should only use the London transport network for essential travel,” Transport for London (TfL) COO said in a statement. Andy Lord said.

Temporary speed limits will be put in place on the London Underground and trains “to keep everyone safe,” Lord added, urging travelers to “carry water at all times.”

Scorching temperatures can damage power lines and signaling equipment. TfL said it will try to keep services running smoothly and increase inspections to mitigate the impact of extreme heat.

TfL said in a statement that there will be regular temperature checks on the tracks to prevent bending or warping of the tracks. The network will also test air conditioners in the Tube network and air-cooling systems in the capital’s double-decker buses.

Motorists were also urged not to drive during the hottest parts of the day.