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London weather latest: Health chiefs issue London heatwave warning as temperatures soar

London weather latest: Health chiefs issue London heatwave warning as temperatures soar

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n NHS heatwave warning has been issued for London and the South East which are expected to see the hottest day of the year so far on Friday.

The ‘Level 3’ warning is in force for London, the east and south-east of England.

Agostinho Sousa of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it is intended to inform health services to prepare for a jump in demand due to increases in temperatures.

A high of 29.5C (85F) was reported in Northolt on Thursday but the Met Office says London and parts of the southeast could see the mercury rise to 34C (93.2F).

Such is the high heat, the London Fire Brigade is warning of an increased risk of fires due to the mini heatwave.

The surging temperatures come ahead of a planned Tube strike on June 21.

Due to the planned walkout, Londoners have been advised not to travel on the Tube on Tuesday, while there are fears the national rail strikes between June 21-26 could harm school exams.

Commuter belt MPs have slammed the unions for their “cruel” and “selfish” strikes as the country is set to be brought to a halt by the largest strike action in recent memory.

“This strike is unnecessary and it is cruel,” Rob Butler, Conservative MP for Aylesbury said, while Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, warned rail workers not to “risk striking yourselves out of a job”.

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Temperatures to stay high overnight

While a high of 34C is expected today, the Met Office’s forecast states that temperatures will range between between 20-29C from 8pm to 7am tomorrow.

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Latest Met Office forecast

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Temperatures to exceed 2020 high

According to the BBC’s Nick Miller, temperatures today will exceed 2020’s summer high of 32.2C.

The mercury levels may even approach the hottest June day on record of 35.6C in Southampton in 1976, he reports.

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Gatwick to limit number of flights over summer to avoid ‘cancellation chaos’

Gatwick bosses are to cap the number of planes that use the airport in July and August to avoid a repeat of the “cancellation chaos” that ruined the trips of thousands of holidaymakers over the Jubilee weekend.

Schedules will be trimmed to manageable levels that should prevent “on the day” cancellations at the airport over the summer peak.

July daily departures and arrivals will be limited to 825 rising to 850 in August. Previously Gatwick was planning to handle up to 900 flights on the busiest August days.

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More railway workers to be balloted over strikes

Away from the scorching heat, more railway workers are to be balloted for strikes in escalating disputes over pay and jobs, increasing the threat of a summer of travel chaos.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) served notice to ballot hundreds of workers at Southeastern, saying it was demanding a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, no unagreed changes to terms and conditions, and a pay increase which reflects the rising cost of living.

The ballot closes on July 11 and strike action if voted on, may commence from July 25.

SSA general secretary, Manuel Cortes, said: “Our members at Southeastern are seeking basic fair treatment in the teeth of a crippling cost-of-living crisis.

“Rail workers were hailed as heroes in the pandemic and now they deserve a real terms pay rise which keeps pace with inflation, rather than shouldering the burden of the Tories’ economic meltdown.

“Our demands are simple – pay which reflects the times we live in, a deal which delivers job security, and no race to the bottom on terms and conditions.”

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Londoners cool off in the searing heat

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London is set for 34C heat

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NHS patients urged to plan ahead for appointments as travel chaos loom

NHS patients in England are being urged to plan ahead for appointments as rail strikes are set to cause travel chaos next week.

Speaking ahead of the strikes, the NHS’s top doctor reminded people that “the NHS remains open” as he called on people to seek care when needed.

Millions of people are seen and treated in the NHS every week.

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Thameslink warns of ‘severe disruption’ next week

Due to the striek action between June 21-26, Thameslink has advised to only travel if necessary.

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Southeastern rail issues travel advice

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Level three health alert issued for London

A Level 3 Heat-Health alert for London, the East of England and the South East is in place to help protect health services, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.

Agostinho Sousa of the UKHSA told BBC Breakfast the alert is to help protect the NHS, adding: “The Level 3 alert is operational and called ‘heatwave action’. It is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services for possible increases in demand due to increases in temperatures.

“We also have a Level 2 that is currently active in the South West and East of England that is to inform our partners that they should prepare their services in case they need to enter into action in case we see an increase in temperatures.

“Right now the situation is stable, and we expect the temperatures to drop tomorrow.”

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