September 25, 2022

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While temperatures above 30C aren’t unusual in Australia, in the UK and Wales a ‘rare Extreme Heat warning’ has been issued five days ahead of when it could potentially reach 35C in some areas.

The Met Office has issued an Amber Extreme heat warning for Sunday, July 17, warning UK residents that “temperatures could be in excess of 35C in the southeast, and more widely around 32C”.

The authority is advising people: “Hot weather can pose a risk to your health, especially for more vulnerable people”, warning about sunburn, heat exhaustion, heavy traffic and potential impacts on train lines.

People are being told to stay indoors where possible and to drink plenty of water.

The temperatures are categorised as “exceptionally high” for the UK, where usual summer temperatures hit a maximum of 22C.

The country’s record high temperature was 38.7C, which was reached at Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.

The UK and Wales is already experiencing much warmer than usual weather this summer, with many areas of southern and Central England Wales undergoing a heatwave.

Heathrow Airport, in west London, recorded temperatures of 31.8C on Monday.

It was previously the site of the UK’s hottest day so far this year on 17 June when it was 32.7C.

A woman sunbathes on Primrose Hill on July 10, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

The Met Office has advised the warmer weather is expected to remain for much of the week for the majority of England and Wales.

“Heat-health alerts have now been issued to the majority of the country, with temperatures set to remain consistently high throughout the duration of this week,” Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA has said.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin said temperatures were “likely to peak at 33C in the southeast” on Tuesday.

However, temperatures are only likely to reach the high 20Cs on Wednesday and Thursday.

Londoners flooded parks and people flocked to beaches in Wales on Monday to enjoy the rare heat.

People enjoy the hot weather on the beach at Barry Island, Wales, Monday, July 11, 2022. (AP)

Many people have taken to social media to poke fun at the UK’s reaction to the temperatures, comparing them to much warmer conditions in the rest of Europe, Asia and Australia.

“Why do we always have warnings and closures etc when there’s a bit if heat?” someone shared on Twitter.

“There’s no extreme heat. It’s summer,” another posted.

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