Met Office issues extreme heat warning as temperatures set to hit 35C in Wakefield

Exceptional heat is being predicted by the Met Office for this weekend and early next week, with temperatures likely in excess of 35C across the district.

By Leanne Clarke
Thursday, 14th July 2022, 12:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th July 2022, 12:50 pm

An Amber Extreme heat warning, which is an impact-based warning designed to highlight impacts to protect lives, property and infrastructure, has been issued for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures are likely to peak in excess of 35C in Wakefield with Tuesday currently looking to see the peak of the heat.

The Met Office is warning that “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”.

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People are likely to need to make “substantial changes in working practices and daily routines”, it added.

Disruption is possible on roads, railways and to air travel with “potential for significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays”.

With more people likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers, there is also an increased risk of water safety incidents.

Health alerts have already been issued this week, with advice to people in affected areas including shading or covering windows and checking in on the vulnerable and elderly.

The Met Office has predicted temperatures could reach 35C in Wakefield next week.

A Level 3 Heat Health Alert has been put in place by the Met Office and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the east and south-east of England, while a Level 2 alert has been issued for the rest of England.

People are also being urged to drink water and wear sunscreen, while parents have been advised to keep their children out of the sun.