UK heatwave: Residents hang sheets to cover windows

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The United Kingdom experienced a heat wave with temperatures approaching or exceeding 40 degrees Celsius on Monday and Tuesday 18 and 19 July 2022. A health warning has been issued by the British authorities. Britons have had mixed reactions on social media over the course of Temperature This is the first extreme that has occurred in the country.

“It’s as hot as the devil’s armpit outside in Manchester (temperature) already at 32 degrees Celsius,” one Twitter user wrote at around 1pm local time in response to a message from Britain’s national weather service, the Met. Office.

A netizen uploaded a photo showing the precautionary measures they took to survive the heat, including hanging white sheets outside their home. The goal is to cover a sunny window.

Other residents have covered south-facing windows with silver leaf coverings. They hope to create at least one cool room in their home.

Meteorological Agency English United States, temperatures reached or approached 37 degrees Celsius in some areas on Monday, July 18, 2022. Some of the roasted areas include London in the north, Manchester and York.

It was so hot at Luton Airport, London that part of the surface was beginning to peel off the runway. As a result, a temporary suspension of all flights is applied.

Meanwhile, photos of Queen Elizabeth II’s bodyguards outside Buckingham Palace amid extreme weather conditions are also in the spotlight. This is because a male Queen Guard should always wear a traditional bearskin hat when the temperature is estimated to be around 34 degrees Celsius. Their hats, 18 inches tall, are made from Canadian brown bears and weigh about 1.5 pounds.

In the photo published by Reuters, a man is seen trying to attend to the Queen’s Guard by bringing a drink to one of the soldiers on duty. Netizens expressed sympathy for the troops.

“Does the bear come back to life if the hat is put on the shelf?” user comments.

Hot temperatures this time are expected to exceed the previous record of 38.7 degrees Celsius at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden in 2019. Due to the high temperatures, the UK government has imposed a state of emergency. The UK Health Safety Board (UKHSA) raised the health alert to level 4 on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the UK Meteorological Office, level 4 is used when a heat wave is so severe and prolonged that its effects extend beyond the health and social care system.

Previously, the London Underground network reduced service, with journeys taking longer than usual on Mondays and Tuesdays. Passengers are also requested to only travel in an emergency.

The UK’s national rail network has also advised residents to stay at home. They said some services, including the main route between the northeast of England and London, would not operate on Tuesday.

Network Rail’s Jake Kelly hopes to be back to normal business by Wednesday July 20, 2022, when temperatures are expected to have dropped. But his decision will depend on the damage the hot temperatures will cause to infrastructure over the next few days.

The government has urged schools to stay open. Many schools have closed earlier than usual, school activities have been suspended, and some schools have moved to virtual systems.

Chester Zoo has confirmed it will be closed for two days. London Zoo and Whipsnade said many animals were moving into the cold zone.

A number of factories have increased their opening hours to prevent their employees from falling ill. Welders are the most sensitive to heat.

Much of Europe is experiencing a heat wave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40s. In dry regions like Portugal, Spain and France, the hot weather is accompanied Forest fires.

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