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Met Office warns of four days of 'extreme heat' in Cambs and county to get hotter than Croatia

Cambridgeshire Live logo Cambridgeshire Live 11/08/2022 Amy Jones
Cambridge to reach 32C today in first day of heatwave © Keith Jones/Cambridge News Cambridge to reach 32C today in first day of heatwave

An extreme heat alert has been issued to start today (August 11) as temperatures are expected to soar across the county beating temperatures in popular European tourist destinations including Croatia. The Met Office announced the four-day amber extreme heat warning and has advised people to stay safe with travel likely to be disrupted.

Just a few weeks ago Cambridgeshire hit astounding temperatures with highs of 40C, smashing the previous record set in the city three years ago. Although we aren't expected to experience that again anytime soon, temperatures are still set to hit a soaring 33C in the next four days with people warned to stay safe and keep cool.

The four-day amber extreme heat warning issued by the Met Office starts today (Thursday, August 11) and is in place for Cambridgeshire and wider parts of the country with temperatures continuing to reach into the 30s. The Met Office has also warned that travel could be disrupted and changes in working practices and daily routines are likely to be required during the extreme heat.

Read more: Met Office: Full forecast as Cambridgeshire set for amber warning heatwave

The Met Office has issued the below points of what to expect during this amber extreme heat warning:

  • "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.
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes, rivers and other beauty spots leading to an increased risk of water safety and fire-related incidents.
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays".

According to the Met Office, the forecast for today is: "Another dry and clear day after early fog lifts with increasingly hot temperatures. Coastal areas again seeing cooler conditions with a fresher breeze and perhaps some low cloud developing later. Maximum temperature 32 °C".

From Friday to Sunday they predict temperatures to peak: "High pressure continues to bring dry settled weather through the weekend, with very warm temperatures. Overnight mist patches forming, perhaps with coastal low cloud, drifting inland around dawn".

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