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Heatwave will last ALL summer: Fears for elderly as baking Britain gets even hotter

 

SCORCHING Britain will get even hotter from today as some forecasters predict the longest heatwave in history.  And as the heatwave enters its 11th day experts say stubborn high pressure responsible for the sizzling spell could even cause ­Britain to swelter through August. The Met Office is warning that today or tomorrow could be the hottest so far, beating the 89F at Heathrow on Saturday. But as it extended a level 2 heat health alert to tomorrow, there were fears that the extreme conditions could lead to thousands of deaths with experts warning that the ­elderly, very young and those with chronic illness are most at risk. Forecaster Sarah Holland said: “We are expecting it to get even hotter over the next few days. In the South-east we are looking at the 32C (90F) mark, beating the weekend highs, and it is going to be very warm through this week.â€

 

Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, forecast that this summer will see “all sorts of records brokenâ€. He said: “If this continues we are looking at the longest heatwave since 1976, with temperatures consistently soaring into the high 80s and 90s. “There is no end in sight to this. Current systems show it could last through August with the chance of 100F before things start cooling down. In terms of ­maximum temperatures and the extreme prolonged nature of this heatwave, this summer could see all sorts of records tumble.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/415121/Heatwave-will-last-ALL-summer-Fears-for-elderly-as-baking-Britain-gets-even-hotter

What have Jonathan Powell, Vantage Weather Services and the Express got in common, that's right the reverse Midas touch.
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Jonathan Powell's ramps could reach the moon and beyond Posted Image

 

This is what VWS forecast for July:

 

 

July 2013
 
There is the distinct possibility that July will follow on from June as being a poor month with plenty of rain around and disappointing temperatures.  To the north and west, generally unsettled once more, with cool and wet weather tending to dominate, with the south and east fairing somewhat better.  That said, there is the possibility of fine weather building in during July that will spread widely to other parts for a time, and perhaps it is July where we'll see the best of this year's summer weather.  When the sunshine does arrive, expect temperatures to climb nicely particularly across central, southern, and south eastern areas, with 30 plus Celsius possibly being achieved and surpassed.  However, thunderstorms will probably bring any heat to an abrupt end.  Over all, July will come in on the average to above average for rainfall, with temperatures on the average.

 

 

http://www.vantageweatherservices.co.uk/2.html

 

I don't want to start a mass of comment on someone's long-range forecasts please,  just trying to show the light and shade.

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This is what VWS forecast for July:

 

 

http://www.vantageweatherservices.co.uk/2.html

 

I don't want to start a mass of comment on someone's long-range forecasts please,  just trying to show the light and shade.

He's done very well so far for this month, maybe he's found a new lucky dice. Posted Image

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He's done very well so far for this month, maybe he's found a new lucky dice. Posted Image

Nicely makes up the the previous 11 months?

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He's done very well so far for this month, maybe he's found a new lucky dice. Posted Image

What? It says " Over all, July will come in on the average to above average for rainfall, with temperatures on the average."

going to need to be a cold wet last week for that to come off.

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The Express: "Heatwave will last ALL summer"

 

So a washout August it is then.

Edited by AderynCoch

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Hot weather: No plans to impose a hosepipe ban

 

There are no plans to impose a hosepipe ban despite the heatwave affecting much of the UK, the BBC has been told. Water UK, which represents all major water companies, said there was no need to panic as reservoir levels were where they should be. Many parts of the country are looking parched after more than a week of hot weather, and the situation is set to continue for another week. Meanwhile, commuters have been facing more disruption because of the weather. Train services in and out of London's Waterloo station are back to normal after severe delays on Monday night caused by a rail which buckled in the heat. In a statement on Tuesday, South West Trains apologised for the disruption caused by the "two inch kink in the rail" and detailed compensation arrangements for passengers.

 

BBC weather forecaster Nick Miller said there was no end in sight for the hot weather but there were regional variations. North-west Scotland will experience patchy light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, but most of the UK will have temperatures well above 20C. He said Tuesday's top temperature could well beat the current 2013 record of 31.4C (88.5F), measured at Heathrow on Saturday.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23325078

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WARNING: Two days of killer heat coming

 

BRITAIN will bake on the hottest day of the year today as officials warn the extreme heat could kill thousands. The Met Office is issuing a serious Level 3 heatwave alert so health staff are ready to act. The warning for today and tomorrow, upgraded from Level 2, means thermometers are likely to breach 90F (32F) on day 12 of what is shaping up to be the longest heatwave in history. Forecaster Dan Williams said: "Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases. We are planning to issue a Level 3 health alert with the rest of the week looking hot." Today was set to be the hottest so far, he added. As temperatures head towards record levels, experts predict the scorching weather could hold out all summer, with one forecasting a long, hot autumn. Leon Brown, of The Weather Channel, said: "The circulation is very different to the past six years with the jet stream much further north.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/415393/WARNING-Two-days-of-killer-heat-coming

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Very over the top so I can assume from that it's coming from the Express grantred the SE is going to have what could be considered a couple of hot days before a slight cooling for the rest it's just a continuation of what we've had a couple of weeks no more no less

 

Wish the Press would keep their hysteria in check

 

All this does is alarm and worry the public

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Fire hydrant warning as high temperatures continue

 

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10554601.Fire_hydrant_warning_as_high_temperatures_continue/?ref=mmsp

 

Newcastle fire hydrants broken to cool down

 

Sweaty vandals have been breaking fire hydrants and spraying themselves with water during the heatwave. Likening the scenes to New York, Northumbria Police said lives were being put at risk but could not say how many hydrants had been targeted. Earlier this month a 19-year-old man was arrested after a hydrant was opened on Belgrave Parade in Elswick. Newcastle West Police Inspector Mark Farrimond said lives were being put at risk by the practice.

He said: "It may all seem like fun and games, but fire hydrants are there... to save lives.

 

"As well as affecting water supplies and causing local flooding, opening up such hydrants causes real problems for firefighters." Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service group manager Dave Brown said: "Our firefighters need access to the hydrants to put out fires as our appliances can only carry a limited amount of water. "If they do not have access to a hydrant in the event of a fire, there is no doubt that people could lose their lives."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-23341356

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Britain basks in hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 32.2C as forecasters predict a cooler weekend (but only by 4 degrees!)

 
Heatwave warnings ramped up as three swimmers die
 

 

 

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How the Australian media is reporting the heatwave.

 

Heatwave alert issued in Britain as temperatures top 30 degrees Celsius

Updated 3 minutes ago

British authorities have issued a heatwave alert after the first prolonged period of high temperatures since 2006 and following the coldest spring for more than 50 years.

In a nation famed for its rainy climate and grey skies, temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius in parts of England on Wednesday, with the sunny weather forecast to continue.

The country has been basking in sunshine for several weeks and temperatures have reached more than 30C for five days in a row for the first time in seven years.

Most Britons have been enjoying the heat after a washout spring, packing beaches and parks, and retailers have reported strong sales of barbecues, paddling pools and garden furniture.

But health authorities have also issued warnings about the dangers posed by the heat to old people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

A woman in her 80s was hospitalised in Cornwall, south-west England, on Monday after becoming stuck in her deckchair in the baking sun all day.

Firefighters were called to rescue her from the broken chair after a neighbour raised the alarm.

Police have also urged those looking to cool off to be careful about swimming in open water, after a number of deaths in recent weeks.

The bodies of a 16-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were found on Tuesday after apparently drowning while swimming in separate lakes in a disused quarry in Norfolk, eastern England.

Two reservist soldiers also died of suspected heatstroke at the weekend during a training session in Wales when temperatures reached 29.5C.

It is not just humans who are feeling the heat. Britain's RSPCA has issued advice on how people can help their pets stay cool as the mercury soars.

"Simple things like moving small animals out of direct sunlight, topping up drinking water and waiting until the cooler part of the day to walk your dog or ride your horse can make a real difference to the welfare of your animals," RSPCA chief inspector Dermot Murphy said.

The heatwave follows a washout British summer in 2012, the coolest since 1998, which raised fears for the London Olympics.

The record maximum temperature in Britain in July is 36.5C, set in 2006.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-18/heatwave-alert-issued-in-britain/4828010

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How long will the heatwave last?

 

The hot weather across the UK is set to cool over the weekend, before returning with high humidity next week.

 

BBC Weather's Ben Rich explains that the heat will remain over Thursday night and ensure a warm start to Friday.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23361845

 

UK hotter than much of Mediterranean

 

Heat wave alerts in southwest England and the West Midlands have been raised from level two to level three, the same as in south-east England, as temperatures continue to rise.

 

Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far, with recorded temperatures of 32.2 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), and forecasters say there is hotter to come.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23358616

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High but not dry! Sunseekers flock to Britain's highest beach next to dam which is 780ft above sea level and 60 miles inland

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Sandy beach is not signposted and is generally only known to local people [*]It is located next to the Gaddings Dam in the South Pennines hills  [*]The beach is a 40-minute walk from the nearest town Todmorden

 
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'Hundreds' have died in heatwave

 

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/video/hundreds-died-heatwave-150800887.html?vp=1

 

95F... and it's going to get hotter: No end in sight for heatwave

 

BAKING Britain is set to get even hotter next week and forecasters say temperatures could reach 95F (35C). The country is already sizzling on day 14 of what is expected to turn into the longest heatwave in history. Temperatures have hit 90F this week and there is no end in sight to the scorching weather, which could last into August. Although many have welcomed the glorious sunshine, the Met Office yesterday extended heatwave warnings across the country. Health officials warned the heat could claim hundreds of lives and asked people to try to stay cool and watch out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel, said: "The heat will continue through a lot of next week and it looks like there is a high chance we could see temperatures over 90F with higher humidity too.

"There is a 30 per cent chance we will see 93F early to mid-week in southern Britain as a hot plume moves up from eastern Spain and France. "Just about everywhere in the UK is seeing the highest temperatures since 2006 and some locations are even threatening to beat temperatures back then too." Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said temperatures showed no signs of dropping off significantly, with 95F possible. "The rest of the week is looking like being a scorcher and this is going into next week and beyond. "

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/415968/95F-and-it-s-going-to-get-hotter-No-end-in-sight-for-heatwave

 

Summer sales are soaring in sun

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/327471/Summer-sales-are-soaring-in-sun

 

It ain't half hot, Ma'am! Guards at St James's Palace feel the heat... and it's going to get HOTTER as mercury is predicted to soar to 95F before heatwave ends on Thursday

 

Heatwave to end Thursday

 

THE heatwave will hit a blistering 95°F (35°C) July record next week — then end in thunderstorms a couple of days later, experts predicted yesterday. Yesterday’s 87°F (30.5°C) scorcher saw Brighton sunseeker Timea Beregszaszi, 29, shelter under a parasol — after Cardiff schoolboys wore skirts in fury at a shorts ban. But forecasters say the hottest is yet to come — with next Tuesday or Wednesday seeing the highest July temperature on record. ITV’s Lucy Verasamy said: “Even hotter next week — 35°C possible.†Weatherman Simon Cardy echoed her to say: “Indications of 35°C in south UK.†But the three-week heatwave is tipped to hit a juddering halt days later — in storms that will see a much cooler 71°F (22°C). The Met Office’s Sarah Holland said: “Expect thundery showers and heavy rain spreading from the North by Thursday.â€

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Heatwave: 30C Temperatures Into Next Week

 

Britain will continue to bake in temperatures of 30C (86C) right through into next week, forecasters say. Six days of 30C-plus temperatures have already been recorded, the longest heatwave for seven years. And this is expected to continue over the weekend and into the early part of next week.  Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "Western areas will still remain very warm into the weekend, in fact it will feel hot for some with temperatures possibly reaching up to 30C locally. "There will be a brief respite from the heat in the east with cloudier skies during the mornings and perhaps the cloud lingering into the afternoon. "But into the start of next week there will be plenty of sunshine across the UK and Ireland and feeling hot again, especially across southern counties where we could see temperatures up to 31C, perhaps a little higher locally."  She warned that the heat and humidity are likely to trigger some thunderstorms in the west. The prolonged hot spell has prompted the Met Office to issue level three heatwave health warnings for northwest and southwest England, and the West Midlands after a similar alert for London and the South East on Wednesday. Level three warnings are only one notch below the most serious alerts and are put out when high temperatures place the very young, the very old and those with chronic diseases at risk.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1117837/heatwave-30c-temperatures-into-next-week

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Scores Of Firefighters Battle Wildfires

 

More than 120 firefighters are struggling to control two grass fires to the east of London. The fires on Wanstead Flats, which were reported early on Friday afternoon, are being tackled by fire crews from Walthamstow, Ilford, Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, and Chingford.  Authorities have warned that a prolonged period of hot weather in England will continue to put a strain on the emergency services over the coming days and asked that the public be aware of fire risks.  London Fire Brigade's Dave Brown said: "A small spark from a cigarette is often all it takes to start a grass fire in these dry conditions. "It really is important that smokers dispose of their cigarettes properly. Drivers also need to take care not to throw cigarettes out of car windows as they can easily burn grass verges. "If you see a grass fire, don't attempt to put it out yourself as grass fires can be fast moving and change direction without warning. Call the fire brigade and let us know where the fire is." As temperatures soar, London's firefighters are dealing with twice as many grass fires compared to last year.

 

In the first half of July last year there were just five grass fires a day and a total of 535 from May 1 to July 15. This year the figures have soared to 21 fires a day and 1,010 respectively. Britain will continue to bake in temperatures of 30C (86C) right through into next week, forecasters say. Six days of 30C-plus temperatures have already been recorded, the longest heatwave for seven years. The hot weather is expected to continue over the weekend and into the early part of next week. Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "Western areas will still remain very warm into the weekend, in fact it will feel hot for some with temperatures possibly reaching up to 30C locally. "There will be a brief respite from the heat in the east with cloudier skies during the mornings and perhaps the cloud lingering into the afternoon.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1117837/scores-of-firefighters-battle-wildfires

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Huge fire pours smoke across London as wave of wildfires sweep across tinderbox Britain amid hottest July for seven years

  • [*]Temperatures could hit 35C on Tuesday or Wednesday next week which would be the highest since 2006 [*]Tarmac road melts in Cambridge after prolonged spell of hot weather [*]Seven schoolpupils taken to hospital with heatstroke after school bus is stuck on M25 [*]David Cameron watches the second Ashes test in the sunshine at Lords [*]
Sainsburys expect to sell 150,000 bottles of suncream this weekend as heatwave continues

 

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Gritters used on melting Hampshire roads in 30C heat

 

Gritting lorries have been working on Hampshire's roads, but this time it is not to save motorists from snow chaos. As temperatures top 30C (86F) some road surfaces are beginning to melt, leaving a sticky top to carriageways. The county council tweeted that by dusting roads it would ensure bitumen remained "sealed and embedded". It comes as the Met Office reduced the heatwave warning level for south-east England to Level 2. The warning alerts healthcare services to help those in high-risk groups such as the elderly and young children. The Highways Agency, which covers major routes, said it does not have any of its own gritters on standby for the region. A spokesperson said the roads they cover are designed to withstand a temperature range of -15 (5F) to 60C (140F).

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-23372686

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I can't believe all the nonsense in the press, I used to work in Saudi where the temps on the flightline in Dhahran were regularly at 45-50c all summer, with crippling humidity too !! Nothing a bottle of water and a bit of sun-block couldn't cure

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