An amber health alert has been issued calling for “heatwave action” as Britain braces for the hottest day of the year.
Health officials on Friday issued a “level three heat health alert” for London, the east of England and the south-east as the region expects highs of 34C.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office warning, the second highest of five available, “requires social and health services to take specific action for high-risk groups”.
A level two alert remains in place for the East Midlands and South West to “ensure preparedness and swift action to reduce the damage from a potential heatwave”.
It comes as rail passengers have been warned to “check before traveling” as delays are expected.
Away from the south-east, 27-30C is expected across most of England and Wales as temperatures hit a muggy peak ahead of the weekend.
Train delays expected
But those who rely on the railroad could be out of sorts, as Network Rail, which manages the country’s rails and signals, warned on Friday that the conditions were “causing delays,” adding: “We’re working hard on it.” to keep you moving in hot weather. That is not always easy.”
The public body said the railroad consists of 20,000 miles of steel track, which can get 20 degrees hotter in hot weather, stretching and bending. The train operators have asked travelers to plan more time for their journeys.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/17/uk-weather-today-heatwave-2022-hottest-day-year/ Britain set for 34C as heatwave brings hottest day of the year