Why it is so hot in Dorset amid ‘extreme heat’ weather warning

Weather trends could be the reason Dorset is enjoying a heatwave – as the county suffers an amber weather warning for ‘extreme heat’.

Dorset and parts of the country have seen temperatures reaching as high as 20 degrees Celsius in recent days, with warm weather continuing throughout this week.

As a result, the Met Office issued its first-ever amber weather warning for extreme heat, which covers the southwest, between 4 p.m. on Monday, July 19 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday (July 22).

Meteorologists warn that “high temperatures both day and night will continue this week, causing impacts on public health.”

During this heat wave, the Met Office warns that people vulnerable to extreme heat are likely to experience “adverse health effects,” while people are likely to experience sunburn or heat exhaustion as a result. hot temperatures.

The Met Office issued its first-ever amber weather warning for extreme heat, which covers the southwest, between 4 p.m. on Monday, July 19 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.

Due to the fact that people are more likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers which will lead to an increased risk of water safety incidents and people are advised to stay safe and stay hydrated.

As Dorset experiences humid weather and sleepless nights, the Met Office says this heat wave will not last too long and will likely end this week.

Stephen Dixon, spokesman for the Met Office, explained that the hotter-than-expected temperatures could be due to “a weather pattern which has forced warmer conditions to the west of the UK”.

He said: “The average maximum temperature in July for Dorset is 21 ° C, so recent warm weather has regularly eclipsed that value.

“Current weather conditions have forced the west of the UK into warmer conditions, while the south-east normally takes maximum advantage of the heat.

“This means places like Dorset, the South West, Wales and Northern Ireland have seen temperatures well above what the average would normally be for the time of year.

“The orange extreme heat warning is in effect for the Dorset region until Thursday evening, with temperatures likely to continue to be steadily in the 20’s and 30’s at most.

“That, coupled with stubbornly high nighttime temperatures, will mean things will be pretty uncomfortable for the most part for the next few days, with potential health impacts.”

Mr Dixon noted that temperatures are expected to drop “slightly” around the weekend with the risk of rain showers and even thunderstorms.

An early forecast from the Met Office shows rain showers are expected on Saturday (July 24) with a few thunderstorms around Sunday noon (July 25) in Dorset including Weymouth, Bridport, Blandford Forum, Gillingham and Bournemouth.

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He added: “Temperatures are expected to cool slightly as the weekend approaches and more volatile conditions are expected to arrive in the southwest from Friday late to Saturday, bringing more persistent rains.

“Over the longer term, although it is more uncertain, it is possible that more stable conditions will return in August, although there is a continued risk of a few showers and longer periods of rain.

“It is too far away to consider the possibility of other official heat waves in the forecast.”

What to expect during an orange weather warning

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
  • The general population is susceptible to adverse health effects, including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat-related illnesses.
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers, increasing the risk of water safety incidents
  • Some changes in work practices and daily routines that may be necessary
  • An increased risk of some heat-sensitive systems and equipment failing, resulting in power outages and loss of other services for some homes and businesses
  • Some delays in road, rail and air transport are possible, with the potential for welfare problems for those who experience prolonged delays


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