Britain declares a state of emergency due to high temperatures

The UK Met Office today declared a national emergency after issuing a “red” alert, with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday and Tuesday.

The warning issued by the British Met Office covers areas including London, Manchester and York, and it is possible that some restrictions will be placed on railway lines, some schools will close early and some hospital appointments will be canceled.

In addition to the Met Office warning, the UK Health Safety Agency has issued the highest level of alert of four to health and care agencies, warning of sickness and death in otherwise healthy people.