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Britain To Be Hotter Than Africa

BRITAIN will be hotter than Africa today with the second summer heatwave likely to rage through August.

Experts said temperatures will rocket back into the 90s, sparking fears that thousands of people could die in the heat.

A Spanish plume – a blast of hot air from the Continent – will also make it feel “intensely” humid and bring the risk of ferocious thunder­storms.

Today is expected to be the hottest August day for 10 years with highs of 95F (35C) in the South and 86F in the North.

Health experts again warned people to keep a watch on elderly and vulnerable friends and neighbours.

The Met Office has a heat health alert across the country with a more serious Level 2 in the South and South-east.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Mears said: “We are expecting it to be hot on Thursday as the Spanish plume arrives.

“It is also going to feel humid, with the chance of thunder­storms and more rain as it will remain unsettled.”

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said the hot weather will continue into next week and possibly throughout August.

He warned two days of “debili­tating” heat will see the mercury possibly hitting the highest temperatures of the year so far.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for torrential downpours in the South at the weekend with the chance of surface flooding.

The extreme weather is down to hot air from the Continent.

Experts also said the surge will drag in air from Africa, pushing UK temperatures higher than Morocco, currently 84F.

It led health experts to warn that deaths due to the heat could run into thousands.


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