Red warning for extreme heat issued in Pocklington and York

The Met Office has issued a red warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday (18 & 19 July).

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said “Exceptional, perhaps record-breaking temperatures are likely early next week, quite widely across the red warning area on Monday, and focussed a little more east and north on Tuesday. Currently there is a 50% chance we could see temperatures top 40°C and 80% we will see a new maximum temperature reached.

“Nights are also likely to be exceptionally warm, especially in urban areas. This is likely to lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure. Therefore, it is important people plan for the heat and consider changing their routines. This level of heat can have adverse health effects.”

The Met Office warn of population-wide adverse health effects, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life. They also warn of delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellation to rail and air travel, with significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays.

Temperatures are expected to reduce across Wednesday and Thursday.

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