– It’s “hotter than the Sahara” in good-natured England.
For the first time in the island’s history, temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. There is a real doomsday mood in London.
Peter Nonenmacher from London
The British had “Hot Days” Always a long-awaited time, trips to the beach, dinging ice cream carts, visits to pub gardens and evening barbecues in the garden. British newspapers heralded such weekends with pictures of happy water hoppers and beach ball players against a backdrop of Victorian piers and colorful boats on the English Channel. “Britain’s long love affair with warm weather is understandable,” sighs British author John Burne-Murdoch. “Our climate is known to be gray and humid. Heat waves have rarely reached 30 degrees in the past.
On Monday, parts of the UK neared the 40 degree mark for the first time. Tuesday will be a few degrees warmer. The British were not prepared for such temperatures. For example, there is much less air conditioning in the British Isles than on the Continent. Homes and public transport are not comfortable to deal with extreme heat (or extreme cold). Firefighters have been shocked by the sudden outbreak of wildfires in England’s national parks.
Rail links are established
“Our way of life and infrastructure are not fixed for the future,” complains Benny Endersby, head of the Met Office in London. That’s why the Met Office, for the first time in its history, issued a “red weather warning” for large parts of the country earlier this week. The British Government’s Disaster Management Committee has also met twice.
While many Britons stocked up on fans and small fridges at the last minute in home goods stores on Monday, entire national train services were halted as a precaution – amid fears that the tracks and equipment would not be able to withstand the heat.
Careless motorists have been warned their vehicles could become ‘portable microwave ovens’. Londoners have been advised to stay at home for two days before hitting the streets. The school directors canceled the sports festivals and trips planned for the last few days ahead of the summer vacation. Children still coming to class were allowed to wear sports clothes or airy clothes instead of school uniform.
Activities were cancelled
The National Health Service, the NHS, faces serious problems with heat. The NHS has long struggled with staff shortages, bed shortages, renewed cases of Covid and endless waiting lists. More recently, patients had to sit or lie in front of the clinic portals in the ambulances they arrived in for hours – because there was no room for them in the clinics, sometimes for whole days. Such procedures could be life-threatening in 40-degree outside temperatures, medical associations fear. In some places, scheduled surgeries were canceled on Monday.
“Hotter than the Sahara,” London’s “The Sun” newspaper complained on its front page on Monday that it would be “hotter than the Sahara” this week in otherwise good-natured England. The “Daily Express” isn’t all that impressed with climate change: “It’s not the end of the world. Keep calm guys and carry on.” That seems to be the belief of some of the current candidates Successor to Boris Johnson Wrestling So far none of them have shown much interest in the fight against climate change.