Britain is bracing for another round of scorching temperatures

LONDON – Weeks after recording its highest ever temperature, Britain braced for another unsettling stretch of hot weather as officials said an extreme heat warning would be in place for much of the southern half of England and parts of Wales from Thursday this weekend .

Although meteorologists predicted temperatures would be uncomfortably hot this week, they were not expected to be as extreme as in July, when they reached above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the UK for the first time. Due to the expected heat this week, the UK Health Safety Agency issued a Level 3 heat health warning for southern and central England until Sunday, advising more vulnerable populations to stay hydrated and take the necessary steps to prevent their homes overheat.

The heat was forecast to build throughout the week, peaking on Friday and Saturday, according to the Met Office, Britain’s national weather service. Areas across central and southern England could reach up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit). Other parts of England, Wales and Scotland could see the mercury rise to 29 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit). Similar sizzling conditions were expected in Northern Ireland.

“What was the heat wave in July was this sort of southern peak towards record high temperatures, really with days of extreme heat, where this week is more of a prolonged period of temperatures but not quite as hot,” Stephen Dixon. a spokesman for the Met Office said by telephone on Tuesday.

“There are potential impacts from prolonged heat of this nature,” he said. “I think it’s important to note that nighttime temperatures for some areas in the south will not drop below” 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit).

Scattered thunderstorms could bring some rain across the southwest and into some central areas on Sunday, Mr Dixon said, adding there was a chance of more rain next week.

There were also concerns that the hot weather could affect transport, with at least one official from Britain’s National Highways advising motorists to check their vehicles thoroughly before setting out.

Pets can also struggle with the heat, another official said, adding that pet owners should take care of their animals with fresh drinking water, good ventilation and shade from direct sunlight.

After the driest July in England since 1935, garden hose bans were introduced last week in parts of southern England and Wales, according to the BBC. Also due to intensely dry conditions, the fire service in Cornwall, in the south-west of England, said Monday that there was a very high to exceptional risk of forest fire in the region, and they urged residents to avoid starting fires and burning yard waste, as these actions could get out of control.

The heat wave across Britain in July was made worse by climate change, according to a scientific report. While linking a single heat wave to climate change requires analysis, scientists have no doubt that heat waves around the world are becoming hotter, more frequent and longer. As fossil fuel burning causes average global temperatures to rise, the range of possible temperatures also moves upward, making sizzling highs more likely. This means that every heat wave is now made worse, to some extent, by changes in planetary chemistry caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

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