Extreme heat warning issued in Britain; predictions to hit over 30 degree Celsius

United Kingdom: The extreme heat warning has been issued on Monday in Britain, with temperatures predicted to hit over 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) across large parts of England and Wales. 

Forecasters mentioned in the statement that the hot weather would remain for much of the week, particularly in southern as well as central England as well as Wales, with peaks of 33C possible in southeast England on Tuesday. 

Temperatures were still several degrees cold as compared to the heatwave in parts of Spain and Portugal, where the mercury was set to increase past 40C. 

But Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin stated the United Kingdom highs would continue into early next week. 

Moreover, she highlighted, “From Sunday as well as into Monday, mercury is likely to increase 35C in the southeast (of England), although the details still remain uncertain.”

“Elsewhere, temperatures could be fairly widely above 32C in England and Wales, and in the mid-to-high 20s Celsius further north.”

The United Kingdom’s highest recorded temperature was 38.7 C at Cambridge Botanic Garden, in eastern England, on July 25, 2019. 

Along with this, Sherwin stated meteorologists could not rule out that record being broken, but it was “still only a low probability”.

“A number of weather scenarios are still possible, and at the current time, mid- or perhaps high-30s are looking more likely,” she added.

The extreme heat warning was classified as “amber”, the second-highest of three, indicating a “high impact” on daily life and people.

Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, outlines that “strongly embedded warming due to climate change” across Europe was increasing the chances of a new UK record.

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