‘No barbecues in your garden’ urge fire chiefs as 35C heatwave approaches

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Another summer heatwave is to hit within days with temperatures of 35C are predicted — and fire chiefs are now urging Brits to cancel their BBQ plans.

While temperatures over the coming week is not expected to surpass the highs of July's weather where Lincolnshire set a national record of 40C, we will s be a "prolonged period" of warmth, according to the Met Office.

The upcoming heat, coupled with the dry temperatures, has meant that the public have been urged not to host barbecues in some regions due to fears of fires taking place.

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On Saturday, 15 homes were forced to evacuated due to a garden fire that spread out of control in Essex.

According to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, 40 people were forced to flee their properties while more than a dozen homes were damaged by the fire.

Area manager Neil Fenwick said: “While summer weather usually provides the perfect opportunity to host a barbecue or gather around a chiminea in the evening, we’re strongly discouraging people from having any kinds of fires at the moment.

“The ground across Essex is extremely dry allowing fires to spread easily and quickly.”

Setting off fireworks or sky lanterns have also been warned against due to the possibilities of "large-scale" infernos.

Despite the dry conditions, a hosepipe ban has been placed on regions in the UK due to worry from water companies amid the scorching temperatures set to hit next week.

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The likes of Kent and Sussex were the some of the first regions to be hit with the ban as George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, applauded the decisions of water companies to enforce the hosepipe ban.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said we should expect temperatures to increase day by day alongside consistent dry weather.

“In terms of temperatures we’re looking at them build from 28C or 29C tomorrow to the low to mid 30s from Thursday onwards, so a fairly widespread heatwave developing across the UK this week.

“The peak of the temperatures look likely to occur on Friday or Saturday.”

Morgan admitted that the upcoming heatwave won't be as notable as July's but it will be prolonged.

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“The heatwave we saw at the end of July, that was relatively short-lived and saw exceptionally high, record-breakingly high temperatures, "he said.

“We’re quite confident temperatures will not go as high as they did during July, but the difference is that this is going to be quite a prolonged period of temperatures in the low 30s, so it will be very notable nonetheless."


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