Meteorologist says 40C extreme heat ‘will kill people’
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Britons are bracing for the highest temperatures ever recorded in the history of the Met Office on Monday, with scorching temperatures likely to reach 40C. The Met Office has issued a red warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday – the first such warning ever issued. The current record high temperature is 38.7C reached in the Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019. Meteorologist Jim Dales warns of the potential of the upcoming heatwave to kill people.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Dales said: “40 degrees is not a figure to be put under the carpet, so that’s fine we’ll live with that.
“Because it isn’t.
“It will actually kill people.
“And I say, this is the crossroads, so it’s a very dangerous path that we’re now treading.
“You’re going to start feeling a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow and by the time we get to Monday, we’re going to be right in it.”
Mr Dales said: “And I say, 40 degrees is not to be shrugged off as being: ‘oh it’s just one of those things. We’ll get through it.’
“Red warnings are there for a good reason. There is a threat to life.”
The exceptional hot spell will impact East Midlands, East of England, Southeast England, Northeast England, Northwest England, Southwest England, Wales, West Midlands, and Yorkshire & Humber.
Scorching temperatures could also disrupt electricity, gas and water supplies, and lead to “widespread impacts on people and infrastructure”, the Met Office warns.
The Met Office warning says “Exceptionally high temperatures are possible during Sunday and Monday and could lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.
“What to expect: Population-wide adverse health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potential serious illness or danger to life.
“Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.”
Reflecting on the role climate change is playing, Mr Dale said: “I know what’s coming. It’s a crossroads.”
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“These last two days I’ve been thinking about this because 30-40 years ago when climate change was put as a notion as in this could happen and this is the direction of travel, it was kind of hard to believe.
“This came out of America. And it was kind of a long way off, probably not in my lifetime or your lifetime – still a long way off.
“And I don’t think what’s happened in the recent past has been particularly in terms of what we’ve seen in the UK has been particularly sort of attached to say: ‘Oh that’s climate change.’
“I actually think this one is without a doubt. This is why it’s the crossroads. This is why it’s serious.”
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