Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Weather forecasters predicting a return of the heatwave

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| 27 July, 2018, 22:31

It states "flooding of homes and businesses is likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds".

Showers in the west are expected to spread through the country and result in cooler conditions of 17-21 degrees on Friday.

The Met Office said Sunday's 27C in the North-East will be followed by 23C highs rising to 25C or so - nearly 10C above average - on Thursday and Friday for Edinburgh and with 35C is on the cards in England by the weekend.

Highest temperatures are expected in the southeast of England.

Amid tinderbox conditions, 56 fires were reported on grass verges next to England's motorways and a combine harvester caught alight in Nottinghamshire, scorching a field.

There have been instances of patients and visitors have vomiting and passing out, with temperatures on some wards exceeding 30℃, according to the RCN, which also noted that some nurses were not allowed to take water bottles on to wards.

Now employers have an obligation to provide a "reasonable" temperature in the workplace, but there is no maximum limit.


Temperatures will be cooler across Northern Ireland this weekend with highs of 18C on Saturday and 19C on Sunday.

Temperatures are also expected to be warm again next week, with highs of around 21C at the beginning of the week, slowly increasing day by day.

The Met Office says temperatures will keep rising into Friday and the UK's all-time temperature record of 38.5C (101F) - set in Kent in August 2003 - could be beaten.

Becoming drier later in the night with storms clearing north.

"They'll be hit and miss, but they will be intense, all that energy from the heat triggering big downpours, large hail, and gusty winds".

Temperatures of 37C (99F) have been forecast in southern, eastern and central England for Friday.

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