UK to hit 40°C within days as European heat dome races towards us

Britain is now bracing itself for the first ever 40C day, shattering all previous records, a top meteorologist has said.

BBC weatherman Matt Taylor said he ‘never thought this would be possible so soon’ as he issued the broadcaster’s updated forecast.

An amber alert for extreme heat now covers all of England for 72 hours, leading to fears of a surge in heat-related casualties.

If the mercury does hit 40C in the coming days, it would beat the UK’s current record of 38.7C, set in Cambridge in 2019.

Cardiff A&E consultant Dr Farbod Babolhavaeji, 38, urged people to stay inside during the hottest part of the day and make sure to drink plenty of water.

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He said: ‘I think people are very worried about it because we are already under extreme pressure. This extreme weather is going to cause a lot of problems because we are not used to it in this country.’

‘It’s not just the sun stroke and heat exhaustion, There’s a significant risk of ­developing a stroke in the heat,’ he added.

‘There are long waits for ­ambulances outside A&Es and despite everything we are doing the increasing demand means we are struggling to find space for the patients.’

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