The not so green green grass of home
- Credit: Terry Harris
With Peterborough in the grip of a heatwave, the city’s normally green open spaces are beginning to also feel the heat.
Peterborough has level 4 red warning in place for today and the exceptionally hot temperatures mean that overnight temperatures may not fall below 20 Celsius in some locations, especially cities and larger towns.
Cambridge currently holds the UK’s record high temperature of 38.7 Celsius – and there is a reasonable chance this will be beaten next week, with a risk of temperatures reaching an unprecedented 40 Celsius.
The Red alert has been issued as there is a risk to health from such high temperatures, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat.
Peterborough City Council’s Director for Public Health, Jyoti Atri, said: “We’re urging people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for prepare for the extreme heat.
"Temperatures could be excessive and could pose a danger to health. Please follow guidelines on how to beat the heat, including keeping yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.
“People are asked to look out for others, especially the elderly, babies and young children. Those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse.
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“Babies and young children are also especially at risk, particularly when they are in pushchairs or car seats.”