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Sunday, 21 July 2013

UK Heatwave - July 2013

During July 2013, many parts of the UK experienced a heatwave which saw temperatures reach above 30 c in many areas, giving conditions that the UK hadn’t experienced since 2006. Up to 760 people reportedly died as a result of the heatwave conditions.

The highest temperature recorded in the UK exceeded 28 degrees celcius for 19 consecutive days and reached 30c for 7 consecutive days from 13th of July to the 19th of July. The highest temperature reached was at Heathrow (33.5c).

  • What caused this sustained hot weather?
  • What were the effects on people and the environment?
  • Why did it come to an end?
  • What can people and organisations do to cope with such unusual conditions?

Causes:

VIDEO explanation - It’s all about the jet stream:

BBC Weather map - 16 July 2013 


Anticyclones – What are they?



Effects:

Below are a collection of stories, articles and video clips illustrating the effects of the heatwave:


Sunshine boost for flooded businesses:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23319738

With high temperatures, the result has been that roads started to melt:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23315384




Heatwave health risks:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10567678


Business in Wales cash in:

Bournemouth beach attracts 120,000 in heatwave
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-23311689

Ambulance Service warnings:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23293615


Mountain blazes tore across the south Wales' valleys while flames devastated swathes of Tentsmuir Forest in north east Fife, Scotland, on Thursday 18 July. 



Wine industry predicts fine vintage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23326517

The prolonged hot spell prompted the Met Office to issue level three heatwave health warnings for northwest and southwest England, and the West Midlands after a similar alert for London and the South East on Wednesday 17 July.

Level three warnings are only one notch below the most serious alerts and are put out when high temperatures place the very young, the very old and those with chronic diseases at risk.


The death toll from swimming accidents as people looked to cool off reached 15 by Sunday 21 July:




Tesco raised drinks prices amid fears of a bottled water shortages:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/21/tesco-drinks-prices-heatwave

Hottest day for 7 years on 22nd July:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23408504


The end of the heatwave

After 19 days of hot and dry weather, the end of the heatwave heralded some torrential downpours and thunderstorms:

VIDEO - UK's record hot spell set to break:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23412323

VIDEO - The science behind the summer storms following a heatwave:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/23411751



How was the impact of the heatwave managed?

Low-tech ways to keep cool:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23255554

How to sleep in hot weather:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19319499



VIDEO - UK heatwave: Top tips for staying cool in hot weather
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23353850

VIDEO - Heatwave health warnings explained:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/23383974

10 ways the UK is ill-prepared for a heatwave:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23341698



Sources:
BBC Weather; Daily Telegraph; Sky News; Met Office; BBC Bitesize; Channel 4 News; Daily Mail; The Guardian; ITV News; Wales Online

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