The UK’s Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning from Sunday to Tuesday as temperatures will likely surpass the country’s 2019 record temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius (101 degrees Fahrenheit 101). ,7 degrees Fahrenheit), posing a risk to passengers.
The temporary speed limit will be applied to London’s rail and underground services “to keep everyone safe”, Lord added, urging travelers to “always wear by water”.
Excessive heat can damage power lines and signal transmission equipment. TfL said it will work to keep services running smoothly and increase testing to lessen the impact of extreme heat.
TfL said in a statement it will conduct regular track temperature checks to prevent the tracks from warping or buckling. The network will also test air-conditioning units throughout the Tube system and air-cooling systems on the capital’s double-decker buses.
Motorists have also been urged not to drive during the hottest parts of the day.
‘Life at risk’
The UK’s Met Office said people’s lives were in danger as temperatures could reach 40°C as early as next week.
“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbors, now is the time to make sure they are taking the right measures to be able to deal with the heat because if the forecast is as we think it is, it will be in the red zone,” said Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge.
The UK Health Security Agency also increased the heat health warning from level three to level four – the equivalent of a “national emergency”.
Wildfires ravage Spain, France and Portugal
The fire also engulfed parts of Extremadura in western Spain, as well as central Castille and Leon. Wildfires threaten historic landmarks including a 16th-century monastery and a national park, while more than 18,500 acres of forest have been destroyed.
Surface bombers and more than 1,000 firefighters have been deployed in southwestern France to contain two fires exacerbated by strong winds and trash can conditions, Reuters reported. Elsewhere, 11,300 people have been evacuated since wildfires broke out near Dune du Pilat and Landiras, where about 18,000 acres of land have burned.
Temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius in Portugal, where five counties are on red extreme heat alert and more than 1,000 firefighters have faced 17 wildfires, according to authorities. blame.
Heatwave-related casualties skyrocketed in Western Europe. Portugal recorded 238 excess deaths between July 7 and 13, according to the country’s DGS health agency. Spain recorded 237 excess deaths between July 10 and July 14, according to estimates from the country’s Ministry of Health. The death toll could rise further as figures for July 15 are yet to be released. In June, an estimated 829 excess deaths were recorded in Spain due to the heat, the health ministry said.
Climate crisis pushes extreme weather
The chances of going over 40 degrees are “increasing rapidly,” Christidis said.
CNN’s Manveena Suri, Angela Fritz, and Rachel Ramirez contributed reporting to this post.