Heatwave advice: The Royal Navys important body cooling tip revealed as UK on red alert

Heatwave advice: Ex-Royal Navy member gives body cooling tip

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The Met Office has warned that people’s lives could be at risk as it indicated it is likely that a new UK record temperature could be set early next week. Meteorologists gave an 80 percent chance of the mercury topping the UK’s record temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) set in Cambridge in 2019, with the current heatwave set to peak on Tuesday. Senior meteorologist at British Weather Service Jim Dale has explained how to cool down body temperature.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Dale said: “There’s a lot of advice being put out.

“I’m ex-Royal Navy and I know this was developed with the Royal Navy.

“If you’re feeling really, really hot and you think you’re going a bit faint.

“Find yourself a bowl of water, put some ice in the water. Dip your fingers in and if necessary, your toes and your feet.

“Leave them in for two to four minutes, as long as you can stand.

“I promise you because it’s scientifically proven within the Royal Navy that it will take your body temperature down by around 1C.

“If you’ve gone from 37C to 39 that will bring you back to where you need to be and cool you down.”

There is a 50 percent chance of temperatures reaching 40C somewhere in the UK, likely along the A1 corridor, with the Met Office issuing its first ever red warning for extreme heat.

The UK Health Security Agency has increased its heat health warning from level three to level four – a “national emergency”.

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Level four is reached “when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system… At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups,” it said.

The Met Office red warning, for Monday and Tuesday, covers an area from London up to Manchester, and up to the Vale of York.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “If people have vulnerable relatives or neighbours, now is the time to make sure they’re putting suitable measures in place to be able to cope with the heat because if the forecast is as we think it will be in the red warning area, then people’s lives are at risk.

“This is a very serious situation.”


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He said there is an 80 percent chance of the all-time UK temperature record being broken, and a 50 percent chance of temperatures of 40C being reached somewhere in the UK.

“Most likely that would be within the red warning area for extreme heat,” said Mr Madge.

“Probably the most likely areas to look at would be north of London and up to Lincolnshire, inland.

“Somewhere like Peterborough, Grantham, Sandy, Stevenage, those sorts of areas, A1 corridor.”

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