The UK will face searing temperatures on Tuesday that could shatter all-time extreme heat records, a day after parts of the country experienced their hottest night on record.
Temperatures on Monday reached 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) at Santon Downham in eastern England, making it the third hottest day on record. Officials warned things would likely get worse.
Tuesday “should be even warmer,” Met Office CEO Penelope Endersby told the BBC, adding there was a better chance of reaching 40C.
“Even maybe above that, 41 is not out of place,” she said. “We even have 43s in the model, but hopefully it won’t be that high.”
Earlier this month the Met Office said the extreme heat wave could put “people’s lives at risk”. In southern Europe, which is also experiencing a heat wave, more than 1,100 people have died in the exceptional heat.
The Met Office recently issued its first-ever red extreme heat warning for parts of the country, including London and Manchester, calling the alert a “very serious situation”.
“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbours, now is the time to make sure they put in place appropriate measures to be able to cope with the heat, because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red alert zone then people’s lives are at risk,” Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said.
Many Britons also experienced the country’s hottest night on record on Monday, the national weather agency said.
“The UK has tentatively recorded the highest daily minimum temperature on record. Temperatures did not fall below 25°C in places, surpassing the previous record high daily minimum of 23.9°C, recorded in Brighton on August 3, 1990,” the Met Office said. tweeted tuesday.
A bit of context: Commuters in the UK capital were urged not to use London’s transport network earlier this week except for “essential journeys”, amid a scorching heatwave across Western Europe.
“Due to the exceptionally hot weather expected next week, customers should only use London’s transport network for essential journeys,” said Andy Lord, chief operating officer of Transport for London (TfL).
Temporary speed restrictions will be introduced on London’s Tube and rail services “to keep everyone safe”, Lord added, urging travelers to “carry water at all times”.
Extremely hot temperatures can damage power lines and signaling equipment. TfL said it would try to keep services running smoothly and increase inspections to mitigate the impact of the extreme heat.
Regular track temperature checks will take place to prevent the tracks from bending or warping, TfL said in a statement. The network will also check the air conditioning units on the Tube network and the air cooling systems of the capital’s double-decker buses.
Motorists were also encouraged not to drive during the hottest parts of the day.