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Londoners advised not to travel as heat wave hits Europe

London (CNN) London commuters have been advised not to use the city’s transport network except for “essential journeys,” amid a severe heat wave across western Europe.

The UK Met Office has issued a severe heat warning from Sunday to Tuesday as temperatures are likely to exceed the country’s 2019 record of 38.7 Celsius (101.7 degrees Fahrenheit), posing a risk to commuters.

“Due to the exceptionally hot weather expected next week, customers should only use London’s transport network for essential journeys,” said the chief operating officer of Transport for London (TfL) Andy Lord.

Temporary speed restrictions will be introduced on London services and train services “to keep everyone safe,” the King added, urging passengers to “hold water at all times.”

Extremely hot temperatures can damage electrical wiring and signal equipment. TfL said it would try to keep services running efficiently and use more testing to reduce the impact of extreme temperatures.

The temperature of the track will be regularly checked to prevent the tracks from bending or warping, TfL said in a statement. The network will also test air conditioning units across the Tube network and air conditioning systems on the capital’s double-decker buses.

Motorists have also been advised not to drive during the hottest part of the day.

‘Lives are at risk’

'Lives are at risk'

The UK Met Office has said that lives are at risk as temperatures could reach 40C (104F) early next week.

It issued its first red warning of extreme heat for parts of the country including London and Manchester, calling the warning “a very serious situation.”

“If people have relatives or neighbors who are vulnerable, now is the time to make sure that they put the appropriate measures to be able to deal with the heat because if the forecast is as we think it will be instead of a red warning, lives are now at risk,” Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said.

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive has also raised the heat health alert from level three to four – the equivalent of a “national emergency.”

Wildfires are ravaging Spain, France and Portugal

Wildfires ravage Spain, France and Portugal

Wildfires ravage Spain, France and Portugal

Elsewhere in Europe, wildfires ravaged parts of Spain, France and Portugal on Friday in sweltering heat, burning forests and prompting mass evacuations.

More than 400 people were evacuated from Mijas, a picturesque village in Malaga, in southern Spain as a new wildfire broke out, Reuters reported. About 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away, beachgoers in Torremolinos saw smoke billowing near beach hotels. Catalan authorities suspended sports and camping in about 275 towns and villages to prevent fire hazards.

The flames have also engulfed parts of Extremadura in western Spain, as well as the central region of Castille and Leon. Wildfires are threatening historic sites including a 16th-century monastery and a national park, while more than 18,500 acres of forest have been destroyed.

Water bombers and more than 1,000 firefighters have been dispatched to southwestern France to tackle two blazes exacerbated by strong winds and tinderbox conditions, Reuters reported. Elsewhere, 11,300 people have been evacuated since wildfires broke out near the Dune du Pilat and Landiras, where about 18,000 hectares of land have been burned.

Temperatures were expected to exceed 40C in Portugal, where five regions were on a red heat alert and more than 1,000 firefighters battled 17 wildfires, according to the authorities.

There has been an increase in heat wave-related accidents in Western Europe. Portugal reported 238 mass killings from July 7 to 13, according to the country’s DGS authorities. Spain registered more than 237 deaths from July 10 to July 14, according to estimates from the country’s health ministry. The death toll could rise further as figures for July 15 are yet to be released. In June, there were an estimated 829 heat-related deaths in Spain, the health department said.

Climate problems cause extreme weather

Climate crisis pushes extreme weather

Climate crisis pushes extreme weather

Images of firefighters dealing with wildfires and roads melting in the extreme heat may seem dystopian, but UK experts say the incidents are a disaster​​​​ ongoing climate change.

Summer 2020 UK Met Office meteorologists used weather forecasts to predict the weather for 23 July 2050 — and the results are remarkably similar to their predictions for Monday and Tuesday.

“Today, Tuesday’s forecast looks remarkably similar for large parts of the country,” Simon Lee, an atmospheric scientist at Columbia University in New York, wrote Friday, adding in a later post that “what comes on tuesday gives insight. next time.”

“We were hoping not to get to this level,” Met Office meteorologist Nikos Christidis said in a statement. “Climate change has already increased the likelihood of extreme temperatures in the UK. The chance of seeing 40°C days in the UK is about 10 times greater under current climates than under a natural climate that is not affected by human influence.”

The chance of exceeding 40 degrees “is increasing rapidly,” Christidis said.

CNN’s Manveena Suri, Angela Fritz and Rachel Ramirez contributed to this report.

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