Britain is reeling from another heatwave and the government has issued an amber warning.
The UK is launching a ‘national heat emergency’ for the first time (Image: AP | Representative)
Another heatwave has engulfed the UK. Temperatures are expected to hit 35C on Friday and Saturday, leading to an amber weather warning (the second most severe after red) and a tornado ban in some areas.
The current heat wave is milder than it was in July, when temperatures hovered around 40 degrees Celsius, but an extended UK summer of extreme heat and dryness is unprecedented in recent memory.
“I’ve never seen a summer like this before,” said Ryan, a resident of Whales, while feeding pigeons in Hyde Park.
Parks and Greek were hit hardest because of depleted water reserves. The sprawling green patches have turned brown, dry and arid, making it an ideal breeding ground for wildfires.
However, measures such as the government’s hose ban, implemented to limit water use, can sometimes backfire as they can cause fires. Emergency services are on standby.
‘HOUR HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN’ WAIT, SUMMER MILDER’
Guillaume had come from the South of France to escape the heat, expecting chilly winds and a milder summer, but was sorely disappointed.
“I choose London because it’s usually colder and milder than where I go. So I usually use [trip] to escape the heat wave, but not this time,” said Guillaume as he searched for a lawn chair in the shade in one of London’s parks.
A warning from the weather office said there will be “very little meaningful rain” in the near term and temperatures will trend up over the next week.
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