The amber warning for extreme heat issued by the Met Office was initially in effect from midnight Sunday (July 17) until Monday (July 18); however, on Wednesday (July 13) the Met Office extended the warning until Tuesday, July 19. .
The Met Office has a series of weather warnings that it uses to alert the public to potentially dangerous conditions, including rain, snow, wind and ice. Extreme heat has now added to these warnings.
Alerts can come in three levels: yellow, amber, and red, depending on severity.
Dr. Will Lang, Chief of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office, said of the extreme heat warning: “We know that the impacts of climate change are causing an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme heat events.
“The extreme heat warning joins our other warnings to ensure that no matter what the weather conditions are, we at the Weather Bureau have a method to communicate these impacts to the public as efficiently as possible.”
The warning is based on the impact of weather conditions, rather than being assigned to a particular temperature.
The Met Office explains: “This means that different conditions in different areas of the country can trigger an extreme heat warning, and the threshold for an extreme heat warning in Aberdeen, for example, is likely to be lower than one covering London. ”.
While the amber warning covers most of the county, Lancaster, Blackpool and parts of the Fylde and Wyre are not expected to be as badly affected. However, caution should still be exercised.
Temperatures could reach highs of 31C on Sunday and Monday in areas affected by the amber warning, including; Preston, Kirkham, Burnley, Blackburn and Southport. Other areas just outside of the extreme heat warning, including; Blackpool and Lancaster are likely to reach 27C.
Temperatures are forecast to be at their highest between 1 pm and 7 pm daily.
Met Office weather experts predict that extreme temperatures could have adverse health effects on the entire population, particularly the most vulnerable.
Necessary changes to work practices and daily routines may be required, due to travel disruptions, including road closures, delays and cancellations of rail and air transport services.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures will rise again later this week and over the coming weekend, likely peaking on Sunday and Monday, but may last into Tuesday in some places.
“Some exceptionally high temperatures are possible and the cumulative effects of warm nights and hot days are expected to lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.”
Motorists are urged to use the top eight tips to stay cool in the car this summer. Although most new cars come with a sufficient climate control system, many drivers still have to endure sweltering conditions while on the road.
Top tips for staying cool while driving include staying hydrated, hanging a damp rag over the vent, using frozen water bottles as ice packs, and getting a mini fan.
The UKHSA also urges people to be careful in the heat and be aware of the common signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion is usually not serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes, but if it turns into heat stroke it should be treated as an emergency, says the NHS.
What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?
The main warning symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
– headache, dizziness and confusion
– loss of appetite and feeling unwell
– excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
– cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
– rapid breathing or pulse
– a high temperature of 38C or higher
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