Ministers drawing up plans for first-ever national heatwave emergency

Ministers are drawing up plans for Britain’s first national heatwave emergency response amid predictions the mercury could pass 40C this weekend, according to reports.A Cobra meeting was held at Downing Street on Monday after the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for large swathes of the UK.The Government could declare a national emergency if temperatures continue to climb, the Telegraph reports.A national emergency is called when hot weather is so extreme that “illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy”, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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