UK weather forecast today: Highs of 26C today as weather cools ahead of extreme heat next week

UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

Thursday will see highs of 26C in the south, as temperatures settle ahead of a scorching hot weekend that will continue into next week.

Record-breaking temperatures are on the cards for Monday and Tuesday next week, where the mercury could climb to 35C in some parts of the UK, the Met Office have said.

It comes as an Amber weather warning has been extended into next week, highlighting “likely adverse health effects for the public, not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat”.

Ministers have been urged to convene a second emergency Cobra meeting in three days to tackle how to protect an NHS “operating at the brink” during this week’s searing heatwave.

The national forecaster now believes there is a one in five chance that Britain could record its hottest ever temperature over that period, with some meteorological models even indicating the extreme heat could hit a scorching 40C.


Will the UK hit 40C next week?

Next week promises scorching temperatures, but will they be record-breaking?

If the mercury flies past 40C, this will be the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK, according to the Met Office.


How hot does it have to be to legally leave work?

British summertime is long-awaited after our lengthy cold winters, and yet we never seem to be properly prepared for the inevitable heatwave (or heatwaves if we’re lucky).

Temperatures can reach up to 34C in some parts of the country, but how hot does it need to be before workers should be sent home by their employers?

Here’s everything you need to know:


Highs of 26C in the south today

Thursday will see highs of 26C in the south, as temperatures settle ahead of a scorching hot weekend.

The further north you go, the cooler it will feel as temperatures hang around the mid to late teens in Scotland.


A cooler Thursday

Thursday morning feels cooler as the temperature has dippled slightly, offering some much needed respite to the strong heat we have been experiencing this week.


‘Seven cars to break down every minute’ during record temperatures

As the UK is bracing for a record 40C temperature over the weekend, more than 11,000 breakdowns are expected, new figures have suggested.

According to roadside assistance provider Green Flag there could be a possibility of a total of 60,000 breakdowns occurring till Saturday with an average of seven every minute.

“Every summer, tens of thousands of drivers end up broken down by the side of the road because their cars let them down – that’s a lot of people whose summer plans are thrown into disarray,” RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said.

“Add in the rising cost of living and the fact this summer is set to be the most expensive for years due to the record-high price of fuel and it’s obvious that unplanned repairs and hefty garage bills will be the very last things most drivers want . ”

He advised people to check their vehicle before beginning their journey.


Kent boy put in ‘prison-like’ isolation for wearing shorts to school amid heatwave

The family of a 13-year-old boy has said that their son was subjected to punishment and put in a special room for going to school in shorts.

Harrison Utting, a student at Westlands School, said he did not wear trousers to his school in Sittingbourne, Kent on Monday and was put in an isolation room ‘like a prison’.

His father Terry Utting has criticized the school which he said does not have air conditioning.

“I do not think it’s right the way the school is treating its students,” he said, according to the Metro.

“There is a blanket ban on shorts but there is no air-conditioning in the classrooms and the pupils are roasting in 30C heat.

“At least the girls can wear skirts.

“I read that in another school all the boys ended up wearing skirts as that was the only way they could keep cool and follow the dress code.”

It came as several schools relaxed their uniform policies as temperatures in parts of the country have pushed thermometers into uncharted territory. This week, Kent saw temperatures soaring to 26C.

The school’s head teacher said they have a clear policy on uniform and “an overwhelming majority of our parents are supportive of our current policy”.

“In the event of the extreme temperatures that are currently being forecast for next week, we would be willing to make reasonable adjustments.”


Texas grid takes emergency actions to avoid blackouts amid heatwave

It may be hot in the UK right now, but spare a thought for Texans who saw temperatures soar into the triple digits (fahrenheit) at the weekend – Waco saw 108F (42.2C).

With temperatures expected to rise back up to the high thirties again this weekend, power grid operators have been forced to take urgent measures.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid that serves more than 26 million customers, initiated a rarely used emergency program that is triggered when supplies fall below a critical safety margin.

It was done to avoid widespread blackouts as soaring electricity demand threatened to outpace available supplies amid the stifling heatwave.


Which UK cities are more vulnerable to heatwave

New research has identified communities that could be hardest hit as the country continued to witness soaring temperatures, raising concerns about heatstroke and dehydration.

Birmingham has emerged as the most vulnerable city that needs urgent support to cope with hot weather, according to analysis from Manchester University and Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigners.

Other communities that made to the list were the London boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Nottingham.

FoE’s head of science, policy and research Mike Childs told Sky News that the number of people exposed to heat “grows very rapidly as the planet warms up”. He said it could have “real human consequences” for failing to cut emissions.

He urged the politicians to double down on cutting our carbon emissions.

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Heatwaves should be given names by Met Office just like storms, scientists say

The UK should name heatwaves to help protect those most vulnerable to temperature extremes, say leading UK scientists.

Scientists agree that climate change is increasing the frequency, severity and duration of heatwaves.

And now the London-based Physiological Society is calling for them to be named in the same way as storms are, as an early-warning system.

The society says it would raise awareness that there is a risk to health and that people “cannot expect to continue as normal”.


Thames Water warns against excess water usage

With temperatures in the UK soaring this week, Thames Water has urged residents to limit consumption amid expected water shortages in the next few years.

Prolonged spells of hot and dry weather would increase the demand for water, putting strain on the network.

Andrew Tucker, Water Demand Reduction Manager at Thames Water, said: “During spells of hot weather, water usage can often rocket, with hoses and sprinklers watering gardens and paddling pools filled. That makes it even more important to be mindful of water usage to ensure there’s enough to go around for everyone. ”

“While we are not currently expecting to introduce restrictions on water use this summer, it’s important that households remain responsible with their usage and help us to limit the pressure on our resources.”

It has advised people to save water by taking shorter showers, swap hose for a watering can and fix leaky taps among other measures.

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