Londoners urged not to travel as heat wave sweeps across Europe

The UK Met Office has issued a severe amber temperature warning from Sunday to Tuesday as temperatures are likely to exceed the country’s 2019 record temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius (101.7 degrees Fahrenheit), posing a risk to passengers.

“Due to the exceptionally hot weather expected next week, customers should only use the London transport network on essential journeys,” said Transport for London (TfL) Director of Operations Andy Lord said.

Lord added that temporary speed limits would be imposed on London’s underground and rail services “to keep everyone safe”, and urged travelers to “carry water at all times”.

Extremely hot temperatures can damage power lines and signaling equipment. TfL said it will try to keep services running smoothly and use increased inspections to mitigate the impact of the extreme heat.

TfL said in a statement that track temperature checks would be carried out to prevent tracks from bending or twisting. The network will also inspect Tube Network air conditioning units and air cooling systems on DC double-decker buses.

Motorists were also encouraged not to drive during hot periods of the day.

life is in danger

The UK Met Office said people’s lives are at risk as temperatures could reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) early next week.

Released for the first time ever Severe heat red warning to parts of the country including London and Manchester, describing the alert as a “very dangerous situation”.

“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbours, it’s time to make sure they are taking the appropriate measures to be able to deal with the heat because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red warning zone, then people’s lives are at risk,” said Graham Madge, a Met Office spokesman.

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The UK’s Health Security Agency has also increased its thermal health warning from level three to level four – the equivalent of a “national emergency”.

Forest fires ravage Spain, France and Portugal

Elsewhere in Europe, wildfires ravaged parts of Spain, France and Portugal on Friday in blisters in heatThe burning of forests and the prompting of large-scale evacuations.
More than 400 people have been evacuated from Mijas, a picturesque village in Málaga, southern Spain as a new bushfire erupts, Reuters reported. About 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away, beachgoers in Torremolinos spotted smoke billowing near seaside hotels. Authorities in Catalonia have suspended sports and camping activities in about 275 towns and villages to prevent fire hazards.

The fire also engulfed parts of Extremadura in western Spain, as well as central Castile and the region of León. Wildfires threaten historic monuments including a 16th-century monastery and national park, while more than 18,500 acres of forest have been destroyed.

Firefighters work to put out fires at Dune du Pilat near Teste-de-Buch, southwest France.

Hydro-bomber planes and more than 1,000 firefighters were deployed to southwestern France to contain two fires exacerbated by strong winds and firebox 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 been burned.

Temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius in Portugal, where five provinces were on red alert, and more than 1,000 firefighters faced 17 forest fires, according to authorities.

There has been a rise in heatwave-related casualties in Western Europe. Portugal recorded 238 excess deaths from July 7 to 13, according to the country’s health authority DGS. Spain recorded 237 excess deaths from July 10 to July 14, according to estimates by the country’s health ministry. The death toll could rise further as the July 15 figures have yet to be announced. The Ministry of Health said that an estimated 829 excess deaths were recorded in Spain in June due to the heat.

UK meteorologists have attributed the extreme temperatures to the climate crisis.

Climate crisis drives extreme weather

Scenes of firefighters dealing with bushfires and roads melting in sweltering temperatures may seem miserable, but UK meteorologists say these phenomena are a result of the ongoing situation. climate crisis.
In the summer of 2020, meteorologists at the UK Met Office used climate forecasts to predict the weather forecast for July 23, 2050 – and the results are Amazingly similar For their forecast for Monday and Tuesday.
“Today, forecasts for Tuesday are shockingly nearly identical in large parts of the country,” Simon Lee, an atmospheric scientist at Columbia University in New York, said. chirp Friday, adding in a later post that “what’s coming on Tuesday gives insight into the future.”
“We were hoping we wouldn’t get to this point,” said Nikos Christidis, a climate attribution scientist at the Met Office. statement. “Climate change has already affected the likelihood of extreme temperatures in the UK. The chances of seeing 40°C a day in the UK may be up to 10 times more likely in the current climate than in a natural climate unaffected by human influence.”

Christidis said the chance of going above 40 is “rapidly increasing.”

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CNN’s Manviena Suri, Angela Fritz and Rachel Ramirez contributed to this post.

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