Heatwave

London is braced for two extremely hot days on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures possibly reaching over 40°c for the first time ever in the UK.

The heatwave prompted the Met Office to issue its first ever Red Warning for extreme heat last week covering all of the capital and much of the East and West Midlands.

The current record for the highest temperature in the UK was set in Cambridgeshire in 2019, when the mercury hit 38.7°c.

Transport for London have advised against all but essential travel on Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19 which disruptions expected on all lines as a result of speed restrictions.

Andy Lord, Chief Operating Officer said: “If customers do need to travel, they should check before they travel as we are expecting there to be some impact to Tube and rail services as a result of temporary speed restrictions we will need to introduce to keep everyone safe.

“It is also vital that customers always carry water at all times with them while travelling.”

During the intense heatwave Londoners have also been advised to minimise sun exposure between 11am and 3pm, and stay use sun cream and where sun hats while outside.

To keep your home cool, close all curtains and blinds while keeping windows open.

Above all, it’s important to stay hydrated at all times to avoid the chances of stroke and heat exhaustion. A map of water fountains in Westminster can be found here.

Westminster City Council has enacted its severe emergency weather protocol in order to provide support for rough sleepers, including handing out sunscreen and water bottles and offering advice.

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