Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

46 Degrees and Getting Worse, Tube Is Almost as Hot as Hanoi; COMBINATION OF WARM WEATHER, SEVERE OVERCROWDING AND HUMIDITY SENDS TEMPERATURES SOARING AS TRAVELLERS' TEMPERS BEGIN TO FRAY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

46 Degrees and Getting Worse, Tube Is Almost as Hot as Hanoi; COMBINATION OF WARM WEATHER, SEVERE OVERCROWDING AND HUMIDITY SENDS TEMPERATURES SOARING AS TRAVELLERS' TEMPERS BEGIN TO FRAY

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Byline: LUKE DAVID

THE Tube is hotter and more humid than Hong Kong and Miami, an Evening Standard investigation has found. The combination of soaring temperatures and moist air means London commuters are enduring worse conditions than residents in subtropical zones.

Heatwave conditions - and trains that are already packed - mean the " apparent temperature" has soared above 40C on many routes.

The apparent temperature is an index produced by scientists to show how hot it feels, taking into effect air temperature and humidity.

Its results raise serious concerns about the safety of Tube passengers, with medical experts warning they face dehydration as a result of travelling on stifling carriages.

Our investigation found the worst conditions on the Northern line, where relative humidity - at 58 per cent - sent the apparent temperature soaring to 46C.

Around the world, only the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, had a higher apparent temperature, at 48C.

Other Tube lines were almost as hot - and are likely to become even more stifling as the heatwave continues.

The deep-level lines were worst in our survey - carried out at the evening rush hour in central London, where trains are most packed.

The temperatures are officially dangerous - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - America's version of the Met Office - classifies any apparent temperature above 41C as carrying the risk of heat exhaustion.

Such conditions can lead to dizziness, weakness, lethargy and confusion. In some cases victims, especially the elderly, have to be treated in hospital.

Tube bosses renewed their warning that passengers should carry water with them.

A spokesman for Transport for London said: "We put posters up in stations and make announcements over the Tannoy advising people to carry a bottle of water and not to board a train if they feel unwell."

But commuters called for faster action to solve the heat problem.

Sandra Lindstrom, 23, from Windsor, who commutes on the Circle line to Kensington, said: "It's absolutely horrible down here. I wouldn't travel on the Tube if I could avoid it but I can't. …

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