OPINION - Talking Point: How hot is too hot?

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The Met Office is advising staying out of the sun when the hot weather hits  (PA)
The Met Office is advising staying out of the sun when the hot weather hits (PA)

Temperatures are forecast to go above 40C in parts of London on Monday. It’s led the Met Office to issue their first ever red extreme heat warning with a “threat to life”, for what chief executive Penny Endersby describes as “unprecedented” weather.

He said: “We’ve seen when climate change has driven such unprecedented severe weather events all around the world it can be difficult for people to make the best decisions in these situations because nothing in their life experience has led them to know what to expect. Here in the UK we’re used to treating a hot spell as a chance to go and play in the sun.

“This is not that sort of weather.

“Our lifestyles and our infrastructure are not adapted to what is coming. Please treat the warnings we are putting out as seriously as you would a red or amber warning from us for wind or snow and follow the advice. Stay out of the sun, keep your home cool, think about adjusting your plans.”

For some, seeing the thermometer going into the 20s can start to be uncomfortable. It’s not every year a heatwave will come along with a 30C day in the UK. But 40C truly would be unprecedented, well beyond the weather to sit around in a beer garden or strip off for a swim, without real risks.

We have been warned.

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