Heatwave disruption: Schools close, hospitals cancel appointments and events are scrapped as UK braces for record temperatures
Widespread disruption is being predicted across the UK as temperatures are predicted to reach record highs, with hospitals, schools and rail networks warning of closures and cancellations due to extreme conditions and risk to life as a result.
By Bethany Minelle, news reporter
Saturday 16 July 2022 13:54, UK
The country is bracing itself for extreme disruption next week, as forecasters predict possible temperatures of 40C (104F) in parts of the country.
Amid warnings that lives are at risk, a “national emergency” has been declared by the UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office has issued its first-ever red warning for extreme heat.
The heatwave is set to peak on Tuesday, with temperatures climbing over the weekend.
Travel delays as tracks ‘bend and buckle’
People are being urged to avoid all non-essential travel and warned of likely disruption to travel by train and car.