Heatwave chaos forces scores of train cancellations, sparks London toxic smog fears and see blood bank supplies … – The Sun



HEATWAVE chaos has today forced scores of train cancellations, sparked London toxic smog fears and seen blood bank supplies dwindle as 38C Furnace Friday nears.

Thousands of passengers face a horrendous journey home after services in and out of London were axed due to speed restrictions in extreme heat.

Commuters could face chaos getting in and out of London at rush hour after extreme heat led to severe speed restrictions

Weather forecast for Thursday July 26 suggests a hot and sunny day with a chance of thunderstorm

Dozens of Greater Anglia services were delayed or cancelled over the rush hour, as expected highs of 35C temperatures were predicted to wreak havoc on a number of networks.

On Monday dehydrated passengers got stuck on 40C windowless trains between Lowestoft and Norfolk after a signal and points failure.

The travel nightmare comes as toxic air combined with extreme highs, emissions from the continent and a lack of cloud cover led to a “high” air pollution alert for London.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This is the second time in six months that we have had to use the ‘high’ alert system and shows just why air pollution is a public health crisis.”

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Brits have been urged to be careful in the sun

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London has been issued with a ‘high’ pollution alert

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Londoners look out on a smog-filled City of London this morning

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Children and the elderly are urged not to do strenuous exercise today as a Commons report reveals heat-related deaths will triple in by 2050

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Beachgoers play in the sea on West Wittering Beach during hot weather on the first day of the summer school holidays

The mercury is set to hit 35C on Thursday and rise further to 38C on Friday, triggering a thunderstorm warning into the afternoon.

The high temperatures – which could beat an all-time high of 38.5C – have sparked a plague of rats feasting on warmed litter, while dozens of shark species not normally found in our waters have come closer to our coast.

Blood supplies have dropped during the driest heatwave in 60 years, health officials said, with some donors too dehydrated to donate while others have chosen to stay in the sun.

Children, the elderly and those with lung or heart problems have been advised to reduce strenuous exercise – as a Commons study revealed heat-related deaths could TREBLE by 2050.

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The UK’s blood banks are running dry as Brits feel too dehydrated to donate

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England’s parched and cracked lands – a Commons report predicts this kind of summer will be the norm by 2050

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Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned of a public health disaster as Britain’s infrastructure struggles in the heat

The report from the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee said without a fresh strategy the numbers dying from the heat could rise to 7,000 a year.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been urged to set out what measures he is taking to make sure the NHS can cope with the temperatures – as experts say the killer heatwaves could become the new normal.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said hospitals are facing year-round pressures, saying “the traditional lull in NHS activity during the quieter summer months is a thing of the past”.

Brits have also faced train delays and issues with roads – such as the A30 Chard Road in Somerset, which was shut both ways after MELTING in the blazing sun.

Thunderstorms could provide a brief interruption to tomorrow’s searing heat after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for torrential downpours.

These are set to be accompanied by hail and strong gusts on Friday afternoon and into the evening, has been extended to cover the south east of England, as well as northern and eastern parts of the country.

How can I cool down in the hot weather?

SUMMER looks like it’s finally on the way – and millions of Brits are enjoying a mini heatwave outside.

But in the sweltering hot weather, slapping on some sun-cream and a floppy hat might not be enough to stop you becoming a sweaty mess. Here are our top tips for staying cool:

Freeze your breeze

If you place a bowl or tray of ice in front of a blowing fan your room will become cooler as the ice melts.

Shut out the sun

Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day as a preventative measure to stop your room from overheating.

Get in the shade

It’s advisable to step into the shade between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

Eat small meals regularly

Your body warms up as it works to process larger meals.

Metabolic heat is needed to break down food, so eating smaller portions can help keep you cooler.

Choose cotton

Opting for lightweight cotton clothing is the best option when it’s scorching outside.

Avoid dark colours and keep summery with whites and creams, as these are more likely to reflect the sun’s radiation.

Or be like the boys from Isca Academy in Exeter, who won a protest so they could wear shorts in hot weather by turning up to school in skirts.

Keep hydrated

Sweating can cause dehydration, making you more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Drinking cool glasses of water throughout the day can be enough to bring your body temperature down.

Get low

Hot air rises, so get down as low as you can to make sure you’re surrounded by cool air.

Sleep on the floor, or even head downstairs, if you’re getting desperate to escape the heat.

Rinse your wrists

Washing either your wrists or your feet with cold water before you hit the hay can help you to cool down and drift off.

Keep your feet cool

There are plenty of pulse points around the feet and ankles, so dunking your feet into an ice bucket can help take your temperature down.

Scientists have warned that climate change is making such heat extremes more likely, and the report comes as northern Europe swelters in a prolonged heatwave.

Wildfires in Greece have claimed the lives of at least 80 people, including Irishman Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp, who was there on honeymoon.

He and his new wife Zoe Holohan, who is in hospital after suffering burns to her head and hands, had flown to Greece on Saturday following their wedding in Co Meath two days earlier.

An amber “heat health watch” warning remains in place for parts of England, with people being warned to try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue of fire crews attending a blaze in Cadeby Woods, Stainforth, Doncaster

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Reservoirs and dams are drying up across the country

Public Health England have even advised Brits not to use electric fans in temperatures above 35C – as the blades could just move the hot air onto the user.

Following the driest first half of summer on record, farming leaders warned crops are being hit and livestock are having to be fed with feed that should be held for winter as grasslands are parched.

The dry spell has been most prolonged in East Anglia and south-east England where the last day of very widespread rainfall was seen on May 29.

Firefighters have urged the public to avoid “careless and reckless” behaviour during the ongoing heatwave as crews across the country deal with a high number of field fires.

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The thunderstorms could lead to flooding of homes and businesses, difficult driving conditions and potential power cuts, the Met Office warned.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have been experiencing recent temperatures nearer normal for the time of year.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the heat, western and northern areas will have pleasantly warm mid 20s Celsius, although across Northern Ireland and western Scotland this may be accompanied by occasionally cloudy skies.”

UK weather forecast for the week ahead will be dry and sunny with an increasing risk of storms

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