Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Heatwave temperatures could break all-time record - but thunderstorms loom

Heatwave temperatures could break all-time record - but thunderstorms loom

The British record is 38.5C set in August 2003 near Faversham in Kent, southeast England, while the highest July temperature was 36.7C in 2015 at Heathrow airport.

Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

The forecaster's yellow weather warning for torrential downpours, accompanied by hail and strong gusts on Friday afternoon and into the evening, has been extended to cover the south east of England, as well as northern and eastern parts of the country.

The Met Office warning applies for the whole of the east coast of England from 2pm to 11.45pm on Friday, July 27.

The Met Office said several places have had 54 consecutive dry days, starting on 30 May, including a few which have had less than 1mm of rain in the entire 54-day period - the longest spell since 1969, when 70 days passed with no significant rainfall.

It is the first time for a number of years the highway teams have had to carry out dusting using modified gritters.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been urged to set out what measures he is taking to make sure the NHS can cope with the heatwave.

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One nurse was admitted to A&E with dehydration after working three 12-hours shifts in a row during the heatwave, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said.

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Mr Burkill also said that temperatures above 34C "can't be ruled out".

Highs of 35degC are expected on Thursday and 37degC on Friday.

The Met Office is forecasting that the warm weather will continue in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas over the coming days, with no respite from the heatwave in sight.

Temperatures were around 21C in parts of East Anglia and London past midnight. The aim is to alert health professionals so they can take action to minimise the impact of the heat on people's health.

A parliamentary environment committee has warned heat-related deaths could treble and rise to 7000 a year by 2050 unless the government plans ahead with strategies to protect people, especially the elderly.

Wildfires in Greece have claimed the lives of at least 80 people, including Irishman Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp, who was there on honeymoon.

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