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

Today has been confirmed 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, topping yesterday’s height of 28.3C.

Friday is expected to be hotter still with 34C forecast in the southeast and temperatures pushing up to 30C across much of England and Wales.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued several heat health alerts covering much of England for Friday. The agency warned the heat poses a danger to at-risk groups including the elderly and those with chronic health conditions including diabetes and Parkinson’s.

The increase in warm weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that this week’s high temperatures used to be “rare” for June but have been seen several times in recent years.

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Forest fires burn nearly 4,000 acres of Spain amid heatwave

Three wildfires have laid waste to 3,950 acres of pines and bushes in eastern Spain since yesterday as a heatwave pushes temperatures close to record highs, regional firefighters said on Thursday.

Hundreds of firemen were on the ground battling the blazes with 120 trucks and a 19 aircraft to fight the flames near the towns of Baldomar, Corbera d’Ebre and Castellar Ribera, Catalonia’s regional fire department said.

Most efforts were focused on Baldomar, where flames threatened 20,000 hectares of woods and farmland. Some isolated houses were evacuated as it was a child center with 54 minors.

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries.

Large swathes of the country face high or extreme risk of wildfire, the state meteorological agency Aemet said.

Firefighters work to extinguish a wildfire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia

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An Air Tractor AT-802A firefighting plane drops water on a wildfire near Artesa de Segre in Catalonia

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Members of the Military Emergencies Unit work to extinguish a wildfire near Artesa de Segre, Catalonia

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Liam James16 June 2022 23:00

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Weather map: How hot where?

Take a look at the BBC’s weather map to see how what the temperature is expected to look like across Britain tomorrow.

Liam James16 June 2022 21:45

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Watch: Londoners bask in hot weather as temperatures reach 29C across capital

Britain’s hottest temperature of the year so far was recorded today in Greater London.

Both Heathrow and Kew Gardens in west London recorded 29.3C this afternoon.

Watch below how residents of the capital enjoyed the warm weather:

Londoners bask in hot weather as temperatures reach 29C across capital

Liam James16 June 2022 20:25

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Power demand in Texas to break records during intense US heatwave

Power demand in Texas will likely set new all-time highs today and on Monday after breaking the prior record on 12 June as economic growth boosts overall use and homes and businesses keep air conditioners cranked up to escape a lingering heatwave.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot), which operates the grid for more than 26 million customers representing about 90 per cent of the state’s power load, has said it has enough resources available to meet demand.

Temperatures in Houston, the biggest city in Texas, will mostly rise from 37.2 C today to 38.3C on Sunday, according to AccuWeather. That compares with a normal high of 33C for this time of year.

The central United States has been suffering a stifling heatwave this week. Millions of Americans who live in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta have been warned the heat could prove deadly.

Liam James16 June 2022 18:45

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Friday will be ‘exceptionally hot for this time of year’

Here’s the Met Office’s Alex Burkill putting the recent warm spell into context in a call with The Independent: “Temperatures are going to be much higher tomorrow at 34 possibly 35C, that’s exceptionally hot for June, particularly this early in June.

“If you go back to the 60s we only have three instances where temperatures have exceeded 34C in June: 76, 2019 and 2017.

“So although we’ve had a few instances recently if you look back further it’s a much more rare event.

“It is going to be very hot on Friday and exceptionally hot for this time of year.”

Liam James16 June 2022 17:48

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Hottest day of the year confirmed for 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 being recorded at two points in London.

Friday is expected to be hotter still with 34C forecast in the southeast and temperatures pushing up to 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 those with chronic health conditions including diabetes and Parkinson’s.

Liam James16 June 2022 16:51

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A cooler weekend on its way after scorching temperatures

The heat is set to turn up a notch tomorrow as the temperatures are predicted to soar well into the 30s. But if the scorching heat isn’t for you, rest assured- a cool breeze will settle in for Saturday.

See more from the Met Office here:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 June 2022 16:04

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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 south east approaching 34C (93F).

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

Research associate Dr Mariam Zachariah, told The Independent the global implications of increasing heatwaves have serious consequences, but could also help people grapple with the magnitude of the climate crisis.

She said: “Heatwaves have direct implications for both 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-Hussain16 June 2022 15:45

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Explained: What is a heatwave?

While there is no denying the UK is experiencing a hot spell, can it be classed as a heatwave?

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

In the UK, hot weather can only be classed as a heatwave if it meets a daily maximum temperature consistently for three days in a row.

Here’s everything you need to know about heatwaves:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 June 2022 15:24

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Heatwave sparks growing concern for climate

On that note, experts have called for people to consider more seriously what the increasing heatwaves mean for the climate, as well as our health.

Prof Hannah Cloke, of the University of Reading, said:”Despite the official warnings, some people still underestimate the effects of heat and don’t change their plans to take it into account.

“We need to consider how people react to the current warnings, and continue to improve them. A warning system that people ignore is next to useless.

“Thousands of people already die due to excess heat in the UK, and climate change will only make heatwaves more frequent and more extreme in the future. Let’s not wait for people to die before we take heatwaves seriously.”

Dr Vikki Thompson, climate scientist at the University of Bristol Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: “Heatwaves are one of the most deadly natural hazards, in the UK 3,000 deaths were linked to heatwaves in 2021.

“The health issues related to heat include direct effects, such as heat stroke and cardiovascular failure, and indirect effects including poorer mental health and an increase in accidents such as car crashes and drownings.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 June 2022 14:55

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