Britain will face scorching temperatures on Tuesday that could break the record for extreme heat, a day after parts of the country experienced their warmest night recorded.
Monday’s temperatures reached 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) in eastern England’s Santon Downham, making it the third warmest day ever. Officials warned that things were likely to get worse.
Tuesday is “expected to get even hotter,” Met Office CEO Penelope Endersby told the BBC, adding that there was a greater chance of reaching 40C.
“Even possibly over it, 41 are not of the cards,” she said. “We even have some 43s in the model, but we hope it will not be as high as that.”
Earlier this month, the Met Office said that the extreme heat wave could endanger “people’s lives”. In southern Europe, which is also experiencing a heat wave, more than 1,100 people have died in the exceptional heat.
The Met Office recently issued its first red extreme heat warning for parts of the country, including London and Manchester, calling the warning “a very serious situation.”
“If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbors, now is the time to make sure they take the appropriate measures to deal with the heat, because if the warning is as we think it will be in the red warning area, then people’s lives are in danger, “said Met Office spokeswoman Grahame Madge.
Many Britons also experienced the country’s warmest night on record on Monday, the national weather agency said.
“The UK has so far seen the highest daily minimum temperature recorded. Temperatures did not fall below 25 ° C in places, exceeding the previous highest daily minimum record of 23.9 ° C, recorded in Brighton on 3 August 1990,” Met Office twitret on Tuesday.
Some background: Commuters in the British capital have been urged not to use London’s transport network earlier this week unless for “necessary travel”, amid a scorching heat wave over Western Europe.
“Due to the exceptionally warm weather expected next week, customers should only use London’s transport network for important journeys,” said Transport for London (TfL) chief operating officer Andy Lord.
Temporary speed limits will be introduced for London’s tube and rail services “to keep everyone safe,” Lord added, urging travelers to “carry water at all times.”
Burning hot temperatures can damage power lines and signaling equipment. TfL has said that they will try to keep the services running smoothly and use increased inspections to alleviate the effects of extreme heat.
Regular sports temperature checks will take place to prevent tracks from bending or breaking, TfL said in a statement. The network will also check air conditioning systems across the Tube network and air cooling systems on the capital’s double-decker buses.
Motorists were also encouraged not to drive during the hottest periods of the day.