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Parts of UK hotter than Istanbul as heatwave forecast to continue Parts of UK hotter than Istanbul as heatwave forecast to continue
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It was hotter in parts of the UK overnight than it was in Istanbul during the day, and temperatures are expected to continue to soar this week as the country basks in a heatwave.It was hotter in parts of the UK overnight than it was in Istanbul during the day, and temperatures are expected to continue to soar this week as the country basks in a heatwave.
The mercury was 24C (75F) at midnight at London City airport – hotter than the Turkish city where temperatures did not climb higher than 21C on Sunday.The mercury was 24C (75F) at midnight at London City airport – hotter than the Turkish city where temperatures did not climb higher than 21C on Sunday.
The heat will continue tonight with temperatures unlikely to fall below 24C across London. The heat will continue tonight with temperatures unlikely to fall below 24C across London until the early hours.
The MeteoGroup forecaster Callum Stewart said of last night’s conditions: “Temperatures eventually dropped around 4am but they remained in the high teens and low 20s. We can expect more warm and humid nights this week as the very warm weather will remain until Friday.”The MeteoGroup forecaster Callum Stewart said of last night’s conditions: “Temperatures eventually dropped around 4am but they remained in the high teens and low 20s. We can expect more warm and humid nights this week as the very warm weather will remain until Friday.”
Daytime temperatures will be highest in London, with much of central and south-east England also experiencing high temperatures.Daytime temperatures will be highest in London, with much of central and south-east England also experiencing high temperatures.
Stewart added: “We will probably see the highest temperature in the west London area today, which will peak at 32C.”Stewart added: “We will probably see the highest temperature in the west London area today, which will peak at 32C.”
He warned people should take precautions against the sun, especially as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is this week.He warned people should take precautions against the sun, especially as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is this week.
He said high pressure to the south of Britain would continue to drag hot air up from the tropics over the coming days.He said high pressure to the south of Britain would continue to drag hot air up from the tropics over the coming days.
In response to the hot weather, Simon Bottery, the director of policy at the charity Independent Age, said: “Older people can suffer adverse effects on their health during the hot weather and can be more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.In response to the hot weather, Simon Bottery, the director of policy at the charity Independent Age, said: “Older people can suffer adverse effects on their health during the hot weather and can be more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
“We would encourage the elderly to keep as cool and as hydrated as possible, and stay out of the extreme heat and sun.”“We would encourage the elderly to keep as cool and as hydrated as possible, and stay out of the extreme heat and sun.”
Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK, prompting warnings that people should take sensible precautions.Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK, prompting warnings that people should take sensible precautions.
Firms are being urged to relax workplace dress codes to help staff cope with the heatwave.Firms are being urged to relax workplace dress codes to help staff cope with the heatwave.
As well as allowing comfortable clothes, the TUC has suggested that any outside work is done in the morning or afternoon to avoid the searing heat of the midday sun.As well as allowing comfortable clothes, the TUC has suggested that any outside work is done in the morning or afternoon to avoid the searing heat of the midday sun.
The union organisation again called for a change in the law to introduce a maximum indoor temperature, with employers obliged to adopt cooling measures when a workplace temperature reaches 24C (75F).The union organisation again called for a change in the law to introduce a maximum indoor temperature, with employers obliged to adopt cooling measures when a workplace temperature reaches 24C (75F).
Companies should supply workers with cool drinks and allow them to take regular breaks, said the TUC.Companies should supply workers with cool drinks and allow them to take regular breaks, said the TUC.
General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “While many of us will welcome the sunshine and warm temperatures this week, working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous.General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “While many of us will welcome the sunshine and warm temperatures this week, working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous.
“Employers can give their staff a break by relaxing dress code rules temporarily and ensuring staff doing outside work are protected.“Employers can give their staff a break by relaxing dress code rules temporarily and ensuring staff doing outside work are protected.
“Obviously shorts and flip flops won’t be the right attire for all workers, but no-one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of appearances.”“Obviously shorts and flip flops won’t be the right attire for all workers, but no-one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of appearances.”