Scientists have warned that climate modelling suggests that the UK should expect longer heatwaves with temperatures reaching 40C within the next decade.
With the mercury expected to hit 40C this will effect the transport network, water supplies and the economy, with thousands expected to die as the climate crisis strikes the UK.
Reading University’s Chloe Brimicombe, a heatwave hazards researcher told The Sunday Times, “Southern England could see its first 40°C day within the next 10-years.
“Most of our rail network would not be able to run in those sorts of temperatures.
“We would see increased pressure on water resources, productivity would be reduced, and it could affect our livestock and our crops.”
Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, said temperatures only reached 32.2°C last week, which is likely to have killed 1,000 people.
Ward told The Times, “If we had a flood that killed 2,500 people there would be an outcry. This is a natural disaster but we do not look at it that way.
“The reality is that we are not set up for it in this country.
“Other hotter countries do not see the same mortality that we do. But this is going to become more frequent and we need to start to prepare.
“At 40°C even healthy people will not survive. Construction workers, agriculture workers, anyone who is working outdoors is at risk.”
Dr Rob Thompson, a meteorologist at the University of Reading, said, “British heatwaves are already hotter and last longer, compared to just a few decades ago.
“The hottest day of the year in the UK is on average nearly 1°C warmer now than the average in the period of the 1960s to the 1980s, and extended spells of warm weather last more than double the length.
“We can expect that extreme summer heatwaves of the type that can kill people in the UK will become a regular occurrence, hitting us on average every other summer by the middle of the century, under current trends of increasing emissions and warming.”