Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Stay out of sun' warning angers tourism bosses

'Stay out of sun' warning angers tourism bosses

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Yorkshire and the Humber, as thunderstorms are expected to hit between 2pm and 11.45pm on Friday July 27.

They added: "There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost".

A level three amber heatwave action warning is issued by the Met Office when the threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90 per cent confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met.

After weeks without rain, torrential downpours are due to hit parts of Britain, with as much as 30mm (1.2in) expected to fall in just an hour.

Bob Ward, policy and communications manager at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics said the figure for heat-related deaths was likely to exceed 1,000 based on the extra deaths seen in short hot spells in 2016 and 2017.

An amber "heat health watch" warning has been issued for parts of England.

Nobby the polar bear cools off at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Nobby the polar bear cools off at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Danny Lawson Press Association

Nurses have warned that some hospital wards have reached more than 30C (86F), leading to patients and relatives passing out or vomiting.

Forecasters said there is a chance of hitting 34C or 35C, which could put Britons in line for the hottest day since the mercury hit 34.5C at Heathrow on June 21 a year ago.

Almost all parts of the United Kingdom are seeing above average temperatures, but it will be hot or very hot towards the east or south east.

Speed restrictions were also introduced by Northern on Tuesday and Greater Anglia on Monday because of the soaring temperatures.

The longest run of days with no rain at all this summer so far is 48 days at Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, since 5 June.

There is now a 90 percent chance of heatwave conditions between Monday and Friday this week.

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