Ministers are set to hold an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday after forecasters warned of record temperatures in England that could endanger lives.
Cabinet Secretary Kit Malthouse is scheduled to chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra Committee on Civil Emergencies to discuss the escalating heatwave, a government spokesman said.
It will be the second Cobra meeting that Mr. Malthouse will chair on this subject.
Meteorologists have estimated an 80% chance of the mercury surpassing the UK record temperature of 38.7C set in Cambridge in 2019, with the current heatwave set to peak on Tuesday.
But further GB news concerns about the heat were not met with the same concern.
Meteorologist John Hammond spoke to hosts Bev Turner and Mercy Muroki on Thursday.
Hammond said: “I think there will be hundreds if not thousands of deaths early next week. The charts I can see in front of me are scary, so we all like nice weather, but it’s not going to be nice weather – it’s going to be potentially deadly weather for a few days.”
But Bev didn’t want to hear Hammond’s doom and gloom.
She said: “I want us to be happy about the weather. I don’t know if something has happened to the meteorologists that makes them all a bit fatalistic and doomsday.
“Didn’t we always have hot weather, John? The summer of ’76 was as hot as this, wasn’t it?” she asked.
Hammond shot back, “No, and we’re seeing more and more records, more frequent and more violent… Heat waves are getting more extreme, this is another one coming over the rails.
“I think we shouldn’t take too lightly the fact that many will die over the next week because of the heat. 40 degrees, unfortunately, such a temperature does not grow in this country.”
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