August 18, 2022

UK Declares National Emergency After First Red Heat Warning

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UK Declares National Emergency After First Red Heat Warning

The UK government has made every machinery available to it in order to prevent adverse situations in light of Britain’s weather forecaster issuing its first-ever red “severe heat” warning for portions of England on Monday and Tuesday.

For the following Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures could hit record highs, the British Met Office issued a national emergency declaration.

According to the news agency Reuters, on Thursday, flames erupted across tinder-dry land in Portugal, Spain, France, and Croatia as a result of a severe heatwave that has caused temperatures to soar to around 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.

While the highest temperature ever recorded in Britain was 38.7 degrees Celsius on July 25, 2019, the Met Office reported that temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius were now being predicted for the first time in Britain.

According to Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, “exceptional, possibly record-breaking temperatures are predicted early next week,” with a 50% likelihood that temperatures would exceed 40 degrees Celsius and an 80% possibility that a new record will be set for the highest temperature.

According to the news agency AP, the British government will conduct an emergency response conference on Saturday to make plans for potentially record-breaking heat waves.

Schools and nursing homes have been encouraged to take precautions to safeguard kids and elderly inhabitants because children and the elderly are thought to be more susceptible to high temperatures.

UK Declares National Emergency After First Red Heat Warning

The Met Office has issued a warning, according to the news agency PTI, that “adverse health impacts” may affect a wide range of people and not just those who are most susceptible to excessive heat.

The head of the Met Office, Penny Endersby, called the forecast for high temperatures “totally unusual” and urged people to heed the warnings.

High water temperatures also pose a threat to further diminish France’s already exceptionally low nuclear output, putting further strain on operator EDF at a time when half of its reactors are down due to corrosion and maintenance concerns.

The valley between the Rhone and Garrone rivers has recently experienced oppressive heat; on Friday, temperatures are predicted to reach over 40 degrees Celsius and stay above seasonal averages through early next week.

On Friday, authorities in Europe issued health warnings for the impending heatwave as hundreds more people were forced from their homes as wildfires scorched territory in France, Spain, and Portugal.

In the meantime, a Friday morning firefighting operation in Portugal’s northeast resulted in the death of the pilot of a firefighting plane. The fatality occurred when fires raged in France, Portugal’s neighbor Spain, and throughout Portugal.

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa posted a tweet on his official Twitter account saying, “It was with profound dismay that I became aware of the death of the pilot who operated an aircraft that collapsed this afternoon.”

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