Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hazards Increase as Heatwave Continues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hazards Increase as Heatwave Continues

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DEVASTATING wildfires have ripped through parts of the country as the longest heatwave for seven years spread across Britain and forecasters warn temperatures could climb to 35C.

Mountain blazes tore across the south Wales valleys while flames devastated swathes of Tentsmuir Forest in north east Fife, Scotland, and London experienced its worst grass fires since 2006.

The spate of hot weather is believed to have caused up to 760 premature deaths already and weathermen warned that the hottest day of the year is yet to come. The mercury - which reached 32.2C (90F) on Wednesday - is expected to rise to around 33C or even 35C next week.

Paul Mott, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said temperatures would cool slightly today in many areas but could reach 28C in the Highlands.

"It looks likely that the heatwave will return in the early part of next week when temperatures will be back in the low 30s," he said. …

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