Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Met Office issues 'DANGER TO LIFE' amber warning

Met Office issues 'DANGER TO LIFE' amber warning

Britain's Met Office, an official forecasting partner with Met Éireann, also expects intense thunderstorms to hit Britain on Thursday and Friday as the cooler wetter weather expected to cross Ireland hits the intense heat in Britain.

Murphy said that even though the last few days have been warm, conditions for the next week are expected to get "cooler" across the country.

"It's likely that we will see a new temperature record set for July and possible that we could break the all-time United Kingdom record of 38.5°C if conditions all come together", said chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale.

On Friday, the heat was seriously disrupting travel across the UK.

On the roads, motorists were warned of lightning, flash flooding and large hailstones, with a thunderstorm warning in place for Friday afternoon until just before midnight.

Porthmadog in North Wales had held the record for the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 33C (91.4F) on June 28.

A Met Office statement said: "Thunderstorms will become more widespread across north-east Scotland during the early hours of Saturday morning, perhaps merging into longer periods of heavy and thundery rain".

Eurotunnel said air conditioning problems meant some carriages could not be used, which led to the delays.

Fire brigades also called for a ban on barbeques in parks, and drivers were urged not to throw rubbish following a string of grassland fires in recent weeks.

The level 3 warning, one behind a national emergency, has been issued with temperatures set to be in the high 20s this week.

The National Farmers Union said it would hold a summit with government officials and other farming bodies on August 1 to discuss how to mitigate the effect of the unusually hot, dry weather, which is forecast to continue.

Some areas will see a more than 10C drop between Friday and Saturday, Mr Deakin added.

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