UK residents struggling to cope with a mini-heatwave fear the “sweltering” conditions could soon turn deadly.
Brits boiled through their hottest day of the year on Sunday (local time) when it ticked over 32 degrees Celsius, with local beaches inundated by those attempting to cool off.
With a 35°C day forecast for later in the week, Public Health England has triggered a level three amber health warning with emergency services on standby for the ill, vulnerable and elderly.
“Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill. Excess seasonal deaths start to occur at 25C,” PHE stated.
UK Road Accident Commision worker Rod Dennis said residents sholdn’t be surprised if the roads start becoming too hot to handle.
“The tell-tale signs are tar patches that look blacker than usual.
“When the air temperature hits about 30C and the sun is out, road temperature can reach 50C and there is then a risk surfaces can become ‘sticky’.
The Met office reported that the UK would become hotter than the Bahamas on ‘Meltdown Monday’.
“It is mainly going to be dry, looking at the whole event,” a spokeswoman for the Met Office said.
“Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look dry with good spells of sunshine.
“The temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 20s for all three of those days.”
Meanwhile a crash on the M25 Highway left gridlocked passengers to “bake”, with some “braving” the conditions on foot in a bid to make their flights from Heathrow Airport.
Comparatively, in 2009 Adelaide and Melbourne soared past 45°C on multiple days, while Mildura recorded 12 consecutive days over 43°C.