More rain and thunderstorms likely to follow
UK weather: Warming weather 'not going to last very long'
Britain’s bonkers summer continues with red-hot temperatures…followed by all too familiar washouts.
Just days after the UK collectively mopped up the broken pieces left by Storm Antoni most of the country was basking in 25C heat.
That is set to ratchet up today (Thursday) when the mercury tops 27C, before cooler weather arrives just in time for the weekend.
Yesterday (Wednesday) cloudless skies were a welcome break from a topsy-turvy summer which has largely been a washout and a soggy August that saw the arrival of Britain’s worst storm for 30 years.
Although many were out and about making the most of the sunny interlude, hopes of a late summer heatwave were dashed by the Met Office which said the forecast remains unsettled between August 13 and August 22, with rain and thunderstorms likely.
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It said while “some extended dry and settled spells are possible” there is more chance of it remaining wetter than average.
The forecast from August 23 to September 6 is also bleak, with forecasters predicting rain and thunder.
The Met Office said: “The potential for fleeting warm or hot spells exists, but in general, temperatures are likely to be around normal, or slightly warmer, for the time of year.”
Storm Antoni left Britain bruised and battered with almost no part untouched by 80mph gusts and heavy rain during Saturday’s trail of destruction.
The storm – the first to be named this season – prompted severe wind, rain and thunderstorm warnings from the Met Office alongside a rare “danger to life” alert.
South West Wales and the corridor along the coast from South West England was particularly badly affected.
Torrential rain and flash flooding made driving treacherous along the M4 between Wales and London, with visibility down to almost zero in places.
Trees were uprooted across Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall. Great Western Railway warned passengers not to travel between Exeter and Penzance because of the number of trees that had fallen on the track.
Power cuts struck across Gloucestershire, while winds of 78mph (125km/h) were recorded in Berry Head, Devon, and 43mm of rain fell in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, or almost half of the average rainfall for the month.
While Britain has endured a summer of extremes it has been markedly different to the weather that has left the continent burning with large parts, particularly the Greek islands, ravaged by wildfires.
The UK needs a “cultural shift” in how people think about heatwaves, the British Red Cross has said, after polling revealed that more than a third of adults see it only as a future problem.
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A European-wide scientific study recently estimated that more than 3,000 people died from heat in the UK last summer while the Office for National Statistics recorded about the same number of excess deaths for that period.
Scientists have described extreme heat as a “silent killer” as it is most lethal to people behind closed doors.
The over-75s and people with cardiovascular or respiratory illnesses are particularly at risk during periods of sustained heat as their bodies can lose the ability to cool down.
People who work outdoors or who live in top-floor flats are also classed as vulnerable to heat, though the polling, carried out by Opinium on behalf of the British Red Cross, found that a third of these people do not consider themselves to be so.
The survey of 2,000 adults showed more people are concerned about the impact heatwaves have on them, up from 51 percent in 2021 to 62 pecent now.
More than half said they have considered making changes to their home but held back because of lack of money or not owning the home.
Just under 40 percent believe the Government is unprepared for dealing with heatwaves while a third said they have never seen information on how to protect themselves from extreme heat.
British Red Cross climate policy advisor, Adeline Siffert, said: “More people than ever accept the link between climate change and heatwaves and are concerned about their impact here in the UK.
“We now need a cultural shift to translate concern into action. National and local government should support changes in our homes and communities, so people remain safe despite the changing climate.”
Scientists from Oxford University said recently that UK homes are unprepared for the more frequent and extreme heatwaves that climate change will bring in future.
They recommended retrofitting them to create better ventilation and creating more shade with awnings or trees that would stop the sun’s rays filling the buildings with heat.
Dr Candice Howarth, a climate researcher at LSE, has said people in the UK could learn from southern Europe in adapting their behaviour to live better with heat.
Opening windows at night instead of during the day or changing working hours to avoid the mid-afternoon peaks are examples of changes that people in the UK could make, she has said.
Ms Siffert said: “Rising temperatures are putting more people at risk here in the UK, yet despite this we are lagging behind other countries which are more prepared to respond to hot summers.
“We need to get the message out there about who is at risk in hot weather and how they can stay safe. There are simple practical steps that can help people vulnerable to heat risk. We need to adapt, and we need to do this now.”
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