UK weather forecast today: Showers to provide relief before temperatures rise again

UK weather: the latest Met Office forecast

Showers will provide a respite from the heat on Thursday before temperatures rise to potentially record highs over the weekend, the Met Office said.

Ministers have been urged to convene a second emergency Cobra meeting in three days to discuss how to protect an NHS ‘operating on the brink’ during this week’s scorching heatwave.

The Liberal Democrat appeal came as the Met Office extended its amber alert for extreme heat for a further 24 hours until midnight next Tuesday, warning that the severe conditions are likely to lead to serious illness and put lives at risk.

The national forecaster now estimates there is a one in five chance Britain will experience its hottest temperature on record during this period, with some weather models even indicating the extreme heat could reach 40C.

Officials have not ruled out that the first-ever national heat wave emergency could be declared, with forecasters warning that the extreme conditions mean health effects could be felt by those not generally considered vulnerable to the heat. heat.

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Kent boy placed in ‘prison-like’ isolation for wearing shorts to school amid heatwave

The family of a 13-year-old boy said their son was punished and placed in a special room for going to school in shorts.

Harrison Utting, a pupil at Westlands School, said he did not wear trousers at his school in Sittingbourne, Kent, on Monday and was placed in an isolation room ‘like a prison’.

Her father Terry Utting criticized the school for not having air conditioning.

“I don’t think that’s the way the school treats its students,” he said, according to Metro.

“There is a general ban on shorts but there is no air conditioning in the classrooms and pupils are roasting at 30C.

“At least the girls can wear skirts.

“I read that at another school all the boys ended up wearing skirts because it was the only way to stay cool and follow the dress code.”

It came as several schools relaxed their one-size-fits-all policies as temperatures in some parts of the country pushed thermometers into uncharted territory. This week, Kent has seen temperatures soar to 26C.

The school principal said they have a clear uniform policy and “an overwhelming majority of our parents support our current policy”.

“In the event of extreme temperatures which are currently forecast for next week, we would be willing to make reasonable adjustments.”

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Texas grid takes emergency action to prevent power outages during heatwave

It may be hot in the UK right now, but spare a thought for Texans who saw temperatures soar into triple digits (fahrenheit) this weekend – Waco saw 108F (42.2C).

With temperatures expected to rise into the 30s this weekend, power grid operators have been forced to take urgent action.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid that serves more than 26 million customers, has launched a rarely used emergency program that kicks in when supply drops below a critical safety margin .

This was done to avoid widespread blackouts as growing demand for electricity threatened to outstrip available supplies amid the sweltering heat wave.

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Which UK cities are most vulnerable to the heatwave

New research has identified communities that could be hardest hit as the country continues to experience soaring temperatures, raising concerns about heatstroke and dehydration.

Birmingham has become the most vulnerable city in need of urgent support to cope with the hot weather, according to an analysis by the University of Manchester and Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigners.

Other communities that made the list were the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Nottingham.

FoE head of science, policy and research, Mike Childs, told Sky News that the number of people exposed to heat is “increasing very rapidly as the planet heats up”. He said there could be “real human consequences” for not cutting emissions.

He urged politicians to redouble their efforts to reduce our carbon emissions.

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Heat waves should be given names by the Met Office, just like storms, scientists say

The UK should name heat waves to help protect those most vulnerable to extreme temperatures, leading UK scientists say.

Scientists agree that climate change is increasing the frequency, severity and duration of heat waves.

And now the London-based Physiological Society is calling for them to be named in the same way as storms, as an early warning system.

The company says it would raise awareness that there is a health risk and that people “cannot expect to continue as usual”.

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Thames Water warns against excessive water consumption

As temperatures in the UK soar this week, Thames Water has urged residents to limit their consumption due to water shortages predicted for the next few years.

Prolonged episodes of hot, dry weather would increase water demand, straining the system.

Andrew Tucker, head of water demand reduction at Thames Water, said: ‘During periods of hot weather water consumption can often skyrocket, with hoses and sprinklers watering gardens and paddling pools fulfilled. It is therefore even more important to pay attention to water consumption to ensure that there is enough for everyone.

“Although we are not currently planning to introduce restrictions on water use this summer, it is important that households remain responsible for their use and help us limit the pressure on our resources.”

He advised people to save water by taking shorter showers, replacing the hose with a watering can and fixing leaky faucets, among other measures.

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Forest fire in Turkey: in pictures

In southwestern Turkey, a fire broke out near the Aegean resort town of Datca on Wednesday and was moving toward some homes in the area, according to the province’s governor’s office.

He said at least nine water-dropping helicopters and five planes were deployed to fight the blaze.

Residents help fight fire near Datca

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Smoke rises from a forest fire in Datça

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A backhoe helps put out a forest fire near Datca

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Boat owners on the UK’s longest canal are stranded due to record water shortages during the heatwave

Boat owners may find themselves unable to move their vessels next week as parts of the UK’s longest canal are closed due to water shortages.

A lack of rainfall during the dry spring and the ongoing summer heatwave has led to low water levels in rivers and some reservoirs in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

This means the canal locks have not been filled to their usual levels and sections of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal will be closed at times next week.

Cheshire also saw locks temporarily closed last month after the region experienced ‘historically low water levels’.

River boats were also left stranded on a stretch of canal in Coventry last week after a pump reportedly dried up.

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Heat waves should be given names by the Met Office, just like storms, scientists say

The UK should name heat waves to help protect those most vulnerable to extreme temperatures, leading UK scientists say.

Scientists agree that climate change is increasing the frequency, severity and duration of heat waves.

And now the London-based Physiological Society is calling for them to be named in the same way as storms, as an early warning system.

The company says it would raise awareness that there is a health risk and that people “cannot expect to continue as usual”.

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Showers to bring some freshness before the weekend wave

Showers will provide a respite from the heat tomorrow before temperatures rise to potentially record highs over the weekend, the Met Office said.

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Thousands of people on the Isle of Sheppey still without water for the second day during the heatwave as schools are forced to close

Thousands of people on the Isle of Sheppey were left without running water for a second day amid a sweltering heatwave.

Schools and public buildings on the island of Kent were forced to close on Wednesday after efforts to restart supply were hampered when a second water main burst overnight.

Southern Water said it repaired the pipe that first shut off power on Monday, but restoring pressure to the system flooded another pipe and shut down the network again.

A third emergency station has been set up at Sheerness Tesco, on the northern tip of the island, to provide residents with bottled water as their household taps were inoperable for a second day.

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