The UK will reach 40C within days as Europe’s heat dome races towards us

The UK will reach 40C within days as Europe's heat dome races towards us

Fires erupt on Salisbury Plain amid heatwave (Image: SWNS/BBC)

The UK is now preparing for the first day of 40C temperatures, breaking all previous records, a top meteorologist has said.

BBC weatherman Matt Taylor said he “never thought this would be so soon” when he released the channel’s updated forecast.

A yellow extreme heat alert now covers the whole of England for 72 hours, prompting fears of a surge in heat-related casualties.

If mercury hits 40C in the coming days, it would surpass the current UK record of 38.7C, set in Cambridge in 2019.

Cardiff’s A&E adviser, Dr. Farbod Babolhavaeji, 38, urged people to stay indoors and drink plenty of water during the hottest part of the day.

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He said: “I think people are very concerned about this because we’re already under extreme pressure. This extreme weather will cause many problems because we are not used to it in this country.’

“It’s not just the sunstroke and heat exhaustion, there’s a significant risk of developing a stroke in the heat,” he added.

“There are long waits for ambulances outside of emergency rooms and despite everything we’re doing, increasing demand means we’re struggling to accommodate patients.”

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