‘Red alert’ heat wave for Britain, 47 degrees predicted for cities across Europe, fires in France, Portugal and Spain

In Spain, the environment ministry said firefighters were battling 17 bushfires. From July 7 to 13, Portugal recorded 238 additional deaths from the heatwave, its health authority DGS said, according to Reuters.

“We have seen that when climate change has caused such unprecedented severe weather events around the world, it can be difficult for people to make the best decisions in these situations because nothing in their life experience has led them what to expect,” Endersby said. said.

“Here in the UK we tend to treat a hot spell as a chance to go play in the sun. It’s not that kind of weather. Our ways of life and our infrastructures are not adapted to what is to come.

Temperatures of 41 degrees are forecast at Heathrow Airport near London, more than two degrees higher than the current record of 38.7 degrees set in Cambridge in 2019. It is the first time that 40 degrees are provided.

Firefighters take a break after battling a forest fire that broke out again in the village of Lagoa Parada, near Ansiao in central Portugal.Credit:PA

Government scientists are particularly worried about record high temperatures predicted for Monday evening (GMT), which means people will have no respite from the daytime heat. The Met Office expects Brighton’s previous low night temperature record of 23.9 in 1990 to be broken.

Conditions have been compared to a 2003 heat wave in France, in which 14,000 mostly elderly people died, prompting warnings from Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, to be beware of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, especially for the elderly and medically vulnerable. people.

The Met Office also warned of a “high risk” of heat-sensitive systems and equipment failing, leading to localized power outages and loss of services such as water or mobile phone coverage.

People flock to the beach in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Friday.

People flock to the beach in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Friday.Credit:PA

The UK health security agency has issued its highest alert, four, to health organisations, signifying a national emergency. He said the heat would be so extreme that even fit and healthy adults were at risk, urging people to moderate their behavior to prevent ‘preventable’ deaths and reduce pressure on hospitals, including by not drinking of alcohol.

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said the NHS would be under intense pressure over the coming days, “with severe bed shortages, heavily stretched ambulance services and multiple health systems across the country having to declare critical incidents”.

A red ruffed lemur enjoys a fruit-filled block of ice at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, Scotland, as temperatures soar across Britain.

A red ruffed lemur enjoys a fruit-filled block of ice at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, Scotland, as temperatures soar across Britain.Credit:PA/PA

The health department said it recognized ambulance services were under significant pressure and was working hand-in-hand with the NHS to reduce delays in transferring patients to hospitals and returning ambulances on the road.


Cabinet Minister Kit Malthouse, who chaired a meeting of the civil contingencies committee – known as COBRA – said the government was bracing for an ‘increase’ in demand on the NHS and other services in due to demand levels rarely seen outside the winter months.