WHEN you complain about it being ‘too hot’ this week, spare a thought for those poor souls in sweltering Siberia.
As Britain heads towards its warmest day of the year — with temperatures tipped to top 30C (86F) in London — an Arctic record of 38C (100.4F) has been set in Verkhoyansky.
The Siberian town, home to 1,300 people, has the world’s widest temperature range and is located about 60 miles inside the Arctic Circle in the Sakha Republic.
In winter, the thermometer can drop as low as minus 67.8C (−90F). The average temperature in summer is 16.5C (61.7F).
Meanwhile, the Met Office has forecast that Britain will bask in Mediterranean-style weather. May 20 was the hottest day so far this year, when 28.2C (82.8F) was recorded at Santon Downham in Suffolk. But that is expected to be smashed tomorrow, and it could be even hotter on Thursday.
Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said temperatures will build across the country during the course of the week. With people likely to flock to parks and beaches, emergency services are urging the public to continue to respect social distancing guidance.
Those with elderly relatives should also make sure they keep cool during the lockdown, Age UK has warned.
The charity’s director, Caroline Abrahams, said older people are more susceptible to heat-related illness.
‘Lockdown and shielding bring added complications as it can be harder to spot someone who may be getting into difficulties and in need of extra help,’ she said.
The National Fire Chiefs Council has cautioned against starting campfires which can easily get out of control, and to call 999 immediately if you spot a blaze.
However, there could be a change later in the week as the forecasters are unsure how long the heatwave will last.
They are warning there could be thunderstorms on Friday.