1. Britain braces for heatwave

Britain braces for heatwave

A heatwave is forecast to hit the UK, sending temperatures soaring up to 33 degree Celsius and triggering a health alert.

By: | Published: June 30, 2015 11:05 PM

A heatwave is forecast to hit the UK, sending temperatures soaring up to 33 degree Celsius and triggering a health alert.

The UK’s Met Office said there was an “80 per cent probability” of heatwave conditions this week in parts of England.

The forecast triggered a “level 2” alert, with the Met Office warning: “Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old, or those with chronic disease.”

A spokesperson said: “Temperatures are expected to build on Tuesday and into Wednesday, with the hottest day of the year so far expected on successive days this working week.”

“There is a plume of heat that is going to push towards the UK from Tuesday and beyond. Wednesday is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures soaring to 33 degree Celsius,” the spokesperson said.

The heatwave is caused by a warm front and tropical continental air mass from Europe pushing across the country u2013 bringing with it high temperatures and humidity.

Coastal areas will be cooler, but Northern Ireland and Scotland will still experience temperatures in the mid to high 20s (degree Celsius).

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