Met Office issues extreme heat warning as travel chaos expected later in week

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The Met Office has issued a rare Amber Warning for extreme heat across vast swathes of southern England and Wales with temperatures expected to hit 33C+.

The temperature is expected to soar on Thursday, with the warning in place until Sunday and covering almost the entirety of the south of England, stretching up to the Midlands and also reaching into Wales.

Amber warnings mean there is a danger to vulnerable people's health, and "an increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail".

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The wider population was also warned to look after their health as sunburn, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses were deemed likely.

Rail, air and road travel are all likely to be affected, the Met Office also warned.

And while the heat is likely to drive people to coastal areas, lakes and rivers, Brits were warned of an increased risk of water safety and fire-related incidents.

Brits have been warned not to have barbecues in their garden as a result of the risk of fire.

This comes after last month's heatwave see temperatures in parts of the UK soar to a whopping 41C, prompting the Met Office to issue its first-ever Red Warning for heat.

The heat, which has now caused severe drought and prompted hosepipe bans across parts of the UK, saw an estimated 948 killed, according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The blistering heat also saw many homes destroyed in fires, with fears arising that the same could happen again this time around.

In the East London village of Wennington, at least 18 families' homes were destroyed, and around 90 people were evacuated.

And as recently as n Saturday (August 6), 15 homes were forced to be evacuated due to a garden fire that spread out of control in Essex.

According to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, 40 people were forced to flee their properties while more than a dozen homes were damaged by the fire.

Area manager Neil Fenwick said: “While summer weather usually provides the perfect opportunity to host a barbecue or gather around a chiminea in the evening, we’re strongly discouraging people from having any kinds of fires at the moment.

“The ground across Essex is extremely dry allowing fires to spread easily and quickly.”

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