UK heatwave kills 760 in 9 days

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  1. Blackwater

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    LONDON: A severe and prolonged heatwave is believed to have killed up to 760 people in England in the past nine days.

    Temperatures in parts of the country reached as high as 32 degree celsius on Thursday, four degrees short of the government announcing a Level 4 alert marking a national emergency. Thursday was the sixth consecutive day with a recorded daytime temperature of over 30 degrees celsius marking Britain's longest heatwave in seven years.

    Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has estimated the death toll for the first nine days of the heatwave at between 540 and 760 people in England alone. With high temperatures likely to remain till the end of next week, the number of heat-related deaths is expected to double.

    A Level 3 heatwave alert means people should be aware of the actions to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target highrisk groups. Ambulance services have already seen a 30% increase in past three days.

    A Level 3 is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions, when temperatures are high enough over threshold levels to have a significant effect on health on at least two consecutive days.

    Following this latest Met Office alert, Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of UK's department of health, is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather. "... try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, avoid physical exertion, wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes, drink plenty of cold drinks, if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator and never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants , young children or animals ," it has said.

    Dr Angie Bone, Heatwave Plan lead for PHE, said: "In this continued hot weather, it's important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for yulnerable people like older people , young children and those with serious illnesses."

    Professor Dame Sally C Davies , chief medical officer in the department of health, said: "Although it seems we barely saw the sun last summer in England, last year's Climate Change Risk Assessment clearly indicated that we are increasingly likely to experience summer temperatures that may be harmful to health. For example the temperatures reached in 2003 are likely to be a 'normal' summer by 2040, and indeed globally, countries are already experiencing record temperatures."

    Declaring a Level 4 alert indicates a major incident. The government will decide whether to go to Level 4 if there is a very severe heatwave that will last for a considerable period of time and will also affect transport, food and water, energy supplies and businesses as well as health and social-care services.

    The hottest July temperature in Britain was 36.5°C, recorded in Surrey in 2006. The hottest ever in Britain was 38.5°C in Kent in 2003. July is also expected to become the driest July since records began in 1766 and may beat the record set in 1955 when only one inch (30mm) of rain fell.


    UK heatwave kills 760 in 9 days - The Times of India
     
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  3. Blackwater

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    strange goras can spend time in India in 45 degrees but can not bear 32 degrees in their own country
     
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    Damn - I've just been shifted from East Asia projects to Europe. I need to handle an Ireland project now - I hope I don't die in the August heat. :sad:
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    One of the comments following an article in a British publication says the NHS is just using the heat as an opportunity to dump bodies :-D
     
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    :dude: you're from India. You'll be fine. :)
     
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    How did they survive for 200 years in India?
     
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    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    32 degrees is a heatwave?

    I play Cricket every weekend at temperatures of 40+ degrees in the afternoon for more than 3 hours continuously at a camp with about 50 friends.

    Seems British aren't as tough as they used to be.

    How did this heatwave suddenly spring? Just few days ago each CT match was horribly interrupted by Rain. Looks like God is angry for that :troll:

    RIP to the poor souls who died.
     
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    760??? for real?

    It can happen in 45-50 degrees but just 30+??
     
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    yes very true... this is time when girls roam topless.......
     
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    this is how it will look
     
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    Still so much cloths... :dude:
     
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    I dont understand how ppl die at 32 deg ?
    And i thought this rather shud be the relief for goras from cold weather to tan there bodies a bit.
    32 shud be very pleasant in uk's climate.
     
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    taught to strip more, but taught children could around on this page............
     
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    can someone explain this please? People here regularly play in temperatures in excess of 35 C and don't have any sort of problems. The body temperature itself is 37 C.
     
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    here as the skin complexion has more harmones, so that we can be in 35 C. but british people or EU people their skin will just become red like monkey face.. my personal experience........
     
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    I think the body adapts to the climate which exists locally for most of the year. That's why you see that even returning NRI's who have stayed abroad for a long time find the hot climate of India unbearable, while new Indian immigrants to colder countries find the cold climate unlivable! Here is some interesting information:

    Human Biological Adaptability: Adapting to Climate Extremes

     
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    its not the temperature that is important,but effective temperature which is dependent of speed of air relative humidity number of people sharing the space with you etc.

    for example a temperature of 0 degrees may not be enough to kill many people,but assume it with blowing winds it will surely do
     
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    I guess it is a way for Uk to have strong movement towards being environmentally conscious. Wish india moves in that direction would allow a innovative way for us to tackle the cad and use less oil.
     
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    All of us have :yey:
     
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    The Irish are good people.
     

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