Rishi Sunak dismisses question about Boris Johnson's Chequers party amid heatwave emergency
For many, warnings of extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday, possible temperatures of 40C and potentially even excess deaths is a cause for concern, but there are still some individuals who think the Met Office issuing its first ever red warning is nothing to worry about.
\u201c@MetMattTaylor Plus, if a country that normally enjoys 20s\u00b0 starts getting 30s\u00b0, and countries that normally get 30s\u00b0 start getting 40s\u00b0, and those who normally get 40s\u00b0 get 50s\u00b0 then life on the planet becomes completely unsustainable.\u201d
\u201cTo put things in perspective, I live in Australia - a notoriously hot country.\n\nIn Sydney we might get one or two days that hot a year... the fact that this is happening in Europe and even Antarctica is cause for massive alarm.\u201d
In addition to the Met Office warning of a “potentially very serious situation” next week with the risk of “widespread impacts on people and infrastructure”, the UK Health Security Agency – which replaced Public Health England last year – has issued a level four heat alert over the extreme weather conditions.
It means the “severe heatwave” could “have impacts beyond health and social care with potential effects on transport systems, food, water, energy supplies and businesses”.
Experts and government ministers held an emergency Cobra meeting on the crisis on Saturday, with Cabinet Office minister Kit Malthouse understood to have chaired the discussion while Boris Johnson had a party at the Chequers countryside retreat.
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