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Met Office warns of extreme heat in Oxfordshire this week


Aug 10, 2022

“EXTREME heat” is due to affect Oxfordshire later this week as the Met Office issues an amber weather warning for the county and other part of England and Wales.

The warning has been issued for Thursday (11) and is in place until Sunday (14) with the temperature expected to reach highs of 33°C.

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People have been warned to expect:

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
  • The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses
  • Some changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail.
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes, rivers and other beauty spots leading to an increased risk of water safety and fire-related incidents.
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays

Oxford Mail: Parts of England and Wales will be affected. Picture by Met Office.Parts of England and Wales will be affected. Picture by Met Office.

This comes after a week-long heatwave in July which saw the UK temperature hitting 40°C for the first time beating the highest record of 38.7°C in Cambridge three years ago.

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The extreme heat is fuelled by climate change, which is making every heatwave more intense, frequent and likely, scientists warn.

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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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