UK weather forecast today: Health warning as heatwave brings hottest day of the year

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Today has been confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far as health officials warn that Friday will be dangerously hot for many.

The temperature hit 29.3C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in London today, surpassing yesterday’s high of 28.3C.

Friday is expected to be even warmer with forecasts of 34C in the South East and temperatures reaching 30C across much of England and Wales.

The UK Health Security Agency issued several heat health alerts covering much of England on Friday. The agency warned that the heat posed a danger to at-risk groups, including the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

The increase in hot weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that high temperatures this week were “rare” for June but have been seen repeatedly in recent years.

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Friday will be “unusually hot for this time of year”

Here’s the Met Office’s Alex Burkill putting the recent heat spell into context during a call with The Independent: “The temperatures will be much higher tomorrow at 34, even 35 C, it is exceptionally hot for June, particularly at the start of June.

“If you go back to the 1960s, we only have three cases where temperatures exceeded 34°C in June: 76, 2019 and 2017.

“So although we’ve had a few cases recently, if you look further back it’s a much rarer occurrence.

“It’s going to be very hot on Friday and unusually hot for this time of year.”

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 5:48 p.m.

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The hottest day of the year confirmed for the second day in a row

The Met Office has confirmed that today is the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures of 29.3C recorded at two locations in London.

Friday is expected to be even warmer with forecasts of 34C in the South East and temperatures reaching 30C across much of England and Wales.

Health officials have warned that the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups, including the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Liam JamesJune 16, 2022 4:51 p.m.

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A cooler weekend on the way after scorching temperatures

The heat is expected to kick up a notch tomorrow as temperatures are expected to climb into the 30s. But if the scorching heat isn’t for you, rest assured a cool breeze will set in on Saturday.

See more from the Met Office here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 4:04 p.m.

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UK heatwaves will become more deadly due to climate change, experts warn

Forecasters have warned that Friday could be a contender for the hottest June day on record with highs in parts of the southeast approaching 34C (93F).

The unusually hot weather has led some experts to warn of the “serious” health implications the sweltering heat can bring.

Dr. Mariam Zachariah, research associate, said The Independent The global implications of increasing heat waves have serious consequences, but could also help people cope with the scale of the climate crisis.

She said: “Heat waves have direct implications for health and food security, and therefore can help the public understand the impact of climate change.

Read more from our environment correspondent Harry Cockburn here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 3:45 p.m.

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Explanation: what is a heat wave?

If it is undeniable that the United Kingdom is experiencing a heat wave, can it be called a heat wave?

The Met Office defines a heatwave as “an extended period of hot weather relative to conditions expected in the region at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity”.

In the UK, hot weather can only be considered a heat wave if it reaches a daily maximum temperature consistently for three consecutive days.

Here’s everything you need to know about heat waves:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 3:24 p.m.

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Heatwave sparks growing concern for climate

On that note, experts called on people to think more seriously about what increased heat waves mean for the climate, as well as our health.

Professor Hannah Cloke, from the University of Reading, said: “Despite official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and do not change their plans to take it into account.

“We need to look at how people are reacting to the current warnings and keep improving them. An alert system that people ignore is almost useless.

“Thousands of people are already dying from excess heat in the UK, and climate change will only make heat waves more frequent and more extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die to take heat waves seriously.

Dr Vikki Thompson, a climatologist at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: ‘Heat waves are one of the deadliest natural hazards, in the UK 3,000 deaths have been linked to heat waves in 2021.

“Heat-related health problems include direct effects, such as heat stroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects, including poorer mental health and increased accidents such as car accidents and drownings. .”

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:55 p.m.

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Experts warn of health risks posed by heat wave

Experts have warned people of the dangers surrounding hot weather.

Dr Radhika Khosla from the University of Oxford said: ‘The health implications of rising temperatures in the UK are serious.

“Significant physiological changes occur in response to high temperatures, including changes in our circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems.

“When these adaptations are not enough, the risk of cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular problems increases in the elderly, young children, people with chronic diseases, athletes and outdoor workers.

“Intense heat disrupts sleep, impairs cognitive performance, and is associated with an increased risk of suicide or hospitalization for mental illness.”

Jason Kelly, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said the ‘unusual’ weather means temperatures are expected to be in the 20s or even 20s overnight.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: ‘Reaching 34C in June is a rare, but not unprecedented, event in the UK’s historical climate record.

“But if it were to happen this week, it would be notable that it would have happened over three days in the last six months of June.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:35 p.m.

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Pollen levels remain high as heat wave continues

The Met Office has released a pollen forecast, which sees very high levels in England and Wales.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have a medium to high level, as people with hay fever will still feel the effects of grass and nettle pollen.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 2:15 p.m.

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Don’t forget your FPS, warns the Met Office

If you’re going out to sunbathe today, keep your sunscreen handy.

The Met Office has issued a reminder on Twitter to ensure sun-seekers protect their skin when heading into the heat.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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A hot weekend in the store

A Met Office forecaster has said many parts of the UK can expect highs in the mid-20s to early 30s as a ‘huge ploom of continental heat’ is felt across the UK. Europe, sweeping Britain.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 16, 2022 1:27 p.m.

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