The Met Office has issued its first-ever red weather warning for extreme heat for next week across Yorkshire as temperatures hit levels in which illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy groups along with high-risk groups.
The warnings are for the hot spell expected on Monday and Tuesday next week from 12am Monday to 11:59pm on Tuesday 19th July which covers parts of the UK including Yorkshire.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Population-wide adverse health effects experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life.
“Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.”
Adding that “substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required”.
Met Office spokesman, Grahame Madg said: “We’ve just issued a red warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday, which is the first such warning ever issued.
“The warning covers an area from London up to Manchester and then up to the Vale of York. This is potentially a very serious situation.”
The Met Office has released some tips on what to do in order to deal with the heat which include looking after the vulnerable, keeping curtains closed for windows facing the sun, staying hydrated and keeping in the shade, and wearing hats and suncream. Basically, imagine you’re on holiday.
The heat risk means that systems and equipment that are heat sensitive are at risk of failure which means potential loss of power or other essential services such as water and mobile phone services.
The increase in temperature will more than likely mean that people will be heading to the coastal, lakes and rivers of Yorkshire which means an increase in the risk of water safety incidents, the Met Office warns along with delays on roads, trains and air travel.
The occurrence and frequency of heatwaves have increased due to climate breakdown and experts warn that homes and cities need to adapt to more intense summer heat in the UK.