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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
Climate crisis drives extreme weather
Christidis said the chance of going above 40 is “rapidly increasing.”
CNN’s Manviena Suri, Angela Fritz and Rachel Ramirez contributed to this post.