Weather forecast today: Heatwave brings park fire warnings on hottest day of year

London Fire Brigade has warned people enjoying the heat in parks to be wary of the sun starting a fire, as temperatures will reach a scorching 34C in parts of the UK today.

In a Twitter post, the fire service advised people to “make sure to clear away bottles and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire”.

The Brigade also reported that 50 square meters of grass was on fire in Rainham this week.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued several heat health alerts covering much of England.

A Level 3 Heat-Health alert has been issued for London, the East of England and the South East. A Level 2 alert remains in place for the East Midlands and South West.

The increase in warm weather over the years in the UK has been linked to climate change, with the Met Office warning that this week’s high temperatures used to be “rare” for June but have been seen several times in recent years.


Opinion: ‘I’ve discovered the worst thing to do in a heatwave – bar none’

“It’s not the Tube, though traveling on London Underground during a heatwave is a bit like taking a one-way ticket directly into hell, into Dante’s Inferno; the screams and cries of the damned all around you (as well as that drunk guy who keeps trying to touch your leg),” our Voices editor Victoria Richards writes.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 10:46


This fan hack will help you sleep better during hot nights

Getting a comfortable night’s sleep during a heatwave can sometimes feel like a futile endeavor, but this quick fan trick might help bring some relief to a stuffy night.

All you need is a stand fan that can be placed in front of an open window. But instead of pointing the fan towards yourself, the trick involves turning it around so it faces the outside through the open window.

It might sound counterintuitive to turn the fan away from you, but according to eco design advisor Nelson Lebo, it is “the best, low-cost, highly effective technique to keep a home cool”.

My colleague Kate Ng has all the details here:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 10:11


How to keep your pets safe and healthy during a heatwave

Domestic animals don’t have the luxury of being able to say when they’re feeling overheated or dehydrated, which is why you need to learn how to keep your pet as safe and healthy as possible during these extreme weather conditions.

Whether you’re a dog person or own a reptile, Sabrina Barr shares more on how to look after your pet properly as the heatwave runs its course.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 09:40


Glastonbury weather latest: Forecast for Pilton next week as heatwave hits UK

Glastonbury 2022 is less than a week away, with the iconic music festival set to go ahead after two years of pandemic-related cancellations.

While the festival is taking place later this month, weather experts have already predicted what the weather is likely to be like in Worthy Farm during the five-day event.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 09:10


Fire warning as temperatures today hit 34C

London Fire Brigade has warned people soaking up the sun in parks to be wary of the heat starting a fire.

In a Twitter post, the fire service advised people to “make sure to clear away bottles and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire”.

The Brigade also reported that 50 square meters of grass was on fire in Rainham this week.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 08:40


UK to swelter in 34C temperatures as warm spell turns to first heatwave of the year

London, the southeast and possibly some parts of East Anglia are expected to be hottest, while most of England and Wales will see temperatures from 27-30C – hotter than parts of Jamaica and the Maldives.

Though Scotland will be cooler, southeastern parts of the country could see highs of 20C.

But health officials and experts have warned that vulnerable people such as the elderly and chronically ill are at risk in the hottest areas.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 08:10


Temperatures to reach 29C this morning

London is set to reach 29C by 11am this Friday morning, as the south braces for the hottest day of the year so far.

For Scotland and Northern Ireland, the morning will be met with rain and a cooler breeze.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain17 June 2022 07:40


Huge weather differences across UK with heat and showers

The UK is expected to witness a day of contrast with cooler and breezy weather in Scotland and Northern Ireland with rain moving southeast and scorching heat for most of England and Wales.

The Met Office said London and potentially some spots in East Anglia will witness 34C high, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

It would mostly dry evenings with spells of summer sunshine in England and Wales, however, there are chances of a few showers by dawn in southern England.

On Saturday, Met Officer said a cooler day will prevail and there will be scattered showers across southern and central England which may be locally heavy.

Cloud will break across Scotland and some spells of sunshine will develop later and there will be some scattered showers in the western area.

Shweta Sharma17 June 2022 07:16


US forest service admits to starting New Mexico wildfire nearly the size of greater London

One of the two blazes in New Mexico that combined to become the largest wildfire in the state was started by the US Forest Service (USFS), the agency has admitted (Vishwam Sankaran writes).

USFS said on Friday that the Calf Canyon fire started from a planned burn it set over the winter, but turned into a “sleeper fire,” that continued to smolder unnoticed.

It said the Calf Canyon Fire was caused by a “burn pile” of branches which the agency thought had burned out by 9 April, but later reignited ten days later on April 19 and escaped containment lines.

Then on April 22, the agency said a “wind event” led to the fire spreading significantly and the Calf Canyon Fire merging with the Hermits Peak Fire, which was reportedly also caused by an escaped planned burn.

The two blazes combined to torch over 312,320 acres (1263 square km) of mountain forests and valleys – nearly the size of greater London, destroying hundreds of homes.

Liam James17 June 2022 07:00


Climate change driving the record temperatures in UK, Met Office

The head of the Met Office National Climate Information Center said climate change is driving the current heatwave and has increased the likelihood of more extreme weather.

Dr Mark McCarthy said: “Climate change has increased the average temperature of UK summers, and it is also increasing the likelihood of experiencing more extreme temperatures during hot spells and heatwaves.

“Reaching 34°C during June is a rare, but not, event in the historical climate records for the UK. But if it should happen this week it would be notable that it would have occurred on three days during the last six Junes,” he said referring to 21 June 2017 and 29 June 2019.

Britain’s highest recorded temperature was in June 1976 when Southampton Mayflower Park hit 35.6C.


Shweta Sharma17 June 2022 06:59

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