The unusual heatwave is continuing into August. Britain’s heat rose to a whopping 35 degrees Celsius, with the country feeling its hottest weather in 60 years. Forecasters are predicting a decrease in Ireland and UK temperatures, though not by much, in the coming weeks. Still, Britain will have to make it past the 101-degree temperature forecast for the end of July 2018 to beat any records.
Commuters in London travelled home on scorching trains when the air conditioners stopped working. Several trains were cancelled or broke down due to the extreme heat. A pollution alert is in effect in London. Blood supplies have decreased because Brits are dehydrated, and not donating. Many government services have been delayed or cancelled due to the heat.
In Ireland, some are enjoying the hot weather, spending time lounging outside. The heat is a catalyst for spending, as people buy flip-flops and summer clothing in high numbers. Ireland is on Yellow Alert for the hot temperatures.
Take precautions in the hot weather to protect children and the elderly. Studies forecast a significant increase in heat-related illness and deaths over the next three decades. According to the Red Cross, there are several ways to protect yourself and your family during a heat wave.
Stay abreast of the weather forecast so you can plan to protect your family. Create a plan to combat heat emergencies. Identify places that you can stay cool, if you don’t have air conditioning, such as libraries or schools. Obtain the proper training to be able to aid in heat emergencies.
A heat emergency may include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or heat cramps. All are life-threatening, and you should call 999 for assistance.
Forecasters predict that the UK and Ireland will experience extreme temperatures in August. The hot weather may trigger thunderstorms. Be prepared by finding ways to stay cool.