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Britain is warning of travel disruption during the heatwave

LONDON, England. After weather authorities issued their first red warning for extreme heat this week, the UK government held an emergency response meeting to prepare for record high temperatures.

Britain’s weather agency, the Met Office, said in a statement that the alert would be extended to parts of England this week, when temperatures could reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time.

The UK’s record high temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) was set in 2019.

After chairing the meeting, Cabinet Office minister Keith Malthouse warned that transport services would be significantly affected.

“The heat will affect the rails, for example, so trains will have to run slower. There may be fewer services. People need to be alert to disrupt. If they don’t have to travel, this might be the time to work. from home,” he told the BBC.

Rail passengers and London Underground users were also advised to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary earlier in the week.

The UK is not used to high temperatures as few homes, flats, schools or small businesses have air conditioning.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan met with representatives from the National Health Service, police, fire and other emergency services to review heat response plans.

The coming heat wave and the surge in COVID-19 infections were creating a nightmare for health workers, said Dr Claire Bronze, a consultant emergency room specialist in London.

“A lot of hospital buildings are very old, especially in London, and many don’t have air conditioning and windows that don’t open, so they’re too hot,” he added, according to the Associated Press.

Britain is warning of travel disruption during the heatwave

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