Midsomer Norton expect extreme heat with first ever Met Office warning

  Posted: 19.07.21 at 17:31 by The Editor

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for extreme heat covering Midsomer Norton.

They say we should 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
- 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 warning lasts from 4:05 this afternoon (July 19) until Friday morning.

Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of 30 degrees celsius at 5pm today before dropping to 28 on Tuesday, 27 on Wednesday and 26 on Thursday.

This is the first time the Met Office has ever issued an extreme heat warning for this area and is in conjunction with Public Health England.

It applies to all of the South West and South Wales and the West Midlands of England.

Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said: “The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week. Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focusses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist. "

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