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Met Office issues first ever ‘extreme heat’ warning for Wales

19 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Llangrannog on Saturday

The Met Office has issued its first-ever amber warning of extreme heat for Wales, saying that it could adversely affect public health.

It has put out a message that says high temperatures both by day and night will continue this week, which is likely to affect those vulnerable to extreme heat.

The weather service has also warned “some heat-sensitive systems” could fail, which may lead to power cuts.

What the Met Office says to expect:

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
  • The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents
  • Some changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail, leading to power cuts and the loss of other services to some homes and businesses
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays

“The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week,” Steven Ramsdale, from the Met Office, said.

“Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focuses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.”

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Nick
Nick
3 months ago

Heatwave in Wales? Well I suppose it makes a change from gales or flooding or gales and flooding. 🥵🥵

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Nick

It’s already been warm and sunny for three days in succession. That has to be some kind of record on its own!

Nick
Nick
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Can I leave my anorak at home tomorrow?

hdavies15
hdavies15
3 months ago
Reply to  Nick

We had a long run of superb weather last year during that first lockdown. I found myself lulled into some sort of acceptance that good weather was the quid quo pro for the constraints that came with Covid. Sadly, the second lockdown blew away that illusion and getting through our wet winter was a serious mental challenge.

Nick
Nick
3 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Good points.

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