Derbyshire heatwave LIVE: Everything known so far about school closures as Met Office predicts highs of 40°C

An amber weather warning for extreme heat is in now in place across a large swathe of Derbyshire as the county looks set to experience record-breaking temperatures.

Tuesday, 19th July 2022, 10:33 am

The Met Office warning covers both Monday and Tuesday and is now in place across parts of Derbyshire including Chesterfield, Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton.

It is a downgrade on the previous red weather alert issued for these areas last week, which warned of “serious illness or danger to life”.

However, areas such as Bolsover, Clowne and Belper remain on the edge of the warnings with both red and amber alerts in place.

Temperatures are set to reach 40°C in parts of Derbyshire, according to the Met Office, with people across the country urged to stay at home and avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary.

Follow our live blog below for all the latest updates on the weather across the county and beyond.

The Met Office has forecast temperatures to top 40C in parts of Derbyshire today

Latest weather updates as temperatures set to top 40C in Derbyshire

Last updated: Tuesday, 19 July, 2022, 17:34

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Surge in 999 emergency calls to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire fire and rescue teams

Call 999 if a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed, someone is in immediate danger or harm, property is in danger of being damaged or a serious disruption to the public is likely. Call 101 to report other incidents.

Emergency 999 calls to fire and resc ue teams in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have increased by more than 312 per cent since the beginning of the heatwave. 

Call handlers received 906 calls for emergency assistance across the two counties between 00.01am on Monday, July 18, and 2.30pm today (Tuesday, July 19).

The average number of 999 calls received in a 24-hour period is 110, according to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

At one point, calls were being diverted to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service due to the high demand.

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For the first time on record temperatures in the UK have exceed 40°C

The hottest temperature recorded in Peterborough has been recorded today

A provisional temperature of 40.2°C was recorded at Heathrow at 12.50 today which, if confirmed, will beat the previous record of 38.7°C set in 2019 by 1.5°C.

With temperatures continuing to climb through the afternoon we will have to wait to see what the new record will actually be. New temperature records could also be set for Wales and Scotland.

The first ever red warning is still in place across parts of England together with a larger amber warning, covering much of England, Wales and southern Scotland.

With the extreme heat today comes the risk of thunderstorms,particularly in parts of the southwest today and, later, the northeast of England. A yellow thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of the Southeast tomorrow.

Temperatures remained above 20°C in many areas last night and overnight temperature records are expected to have been broken with 25.8°C provisionally being recorded in Kenley in Surrey and 24.5°C in Aberporth in Wales, exceeding the previous highest daily minimum record of 23.9°C, recorded in Brighton on 3rd August 1990.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong, said “We are continuing to see exceptional temperatures in the UK today and it is important people plan for the heat and consider changing their routines. This level of heat can have adverse health effects.”

“Along with the extreme heat we are now seeing an increasing risk of thunderstorms particularly in the Northeast of England this afternoon (Tuesday) and in the south tomorrow (Wednesday).”

Derbyshire records hottest day in history as temperatures set to increase today

The Met Office has issued a heatwave alert as temperatures soar to their highest of the year. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Temperatures reached 36.9°C in Coton-in-the-Elms on Monday, beating the previous record which was set in 2019.

However, the record is unlikely to last long with temperatures set to reach a sweltering 40°C in places today.

A Met Office amber warning for extreme heat remains in place for a second day across a large swathe of the county, with some parts under the UK’s first ever red warning for exceptional heat.

Derbyshire’s previous highest temperature was 34.9C, also at Coton-in-the-Elms, in July 2019, according to the BBC.

Everything we know so far about school closures

Some schools across Derbyshire are shut today as the county continues to sizzle in the heatwave.

Archway Learning Trust confirmed that all its schools will be closed “for the welfare of our students and staff” on Tuesday, July 19.

In Derbyshire, the Trust runs Lees Brook Community School, Alvaston Moor Academy and The Long Eaton School.

Others remain open but are allowing pupils to attend in their PE kits instead of their usual uniform, such as The Bolsover School.

Hady Primary, Hasland Junior School, Duckmanton Primary, Old Hall Junior School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Brockwell Junior School, Abercombie Primary, Brimington Junior School and Brookfield Community School all said they will continue with the classes as usual.

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Peak District access land closed as risk of wildfire reaches ‘critical level’

All open access land within the Peak District National Park has been closed to the pubic as the extreme heat has caused to risk of wildfire to reach 'critical' level

All open access land within the Peak District National Park has been closed to the public as the extreme heat as caused the risk of wildfire to reach ‘critical’ level.

‘Our goal is to keep cool and carry on’ says Chesterfield Royal Hospital boss

It comes as some GP surgeries and operating theatres in the UK have already closed after hospital bosses warned that the extreme weather made it hard to keep services running.

Dr Hal Spencer, chief executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m proud to say that colleagues across the Trust are continuing, as always, to go above and beyond, but this is especially appreciated in this heat.

“We have responded proactively to this forecasted weather, acting to minimise effects on patients, visitors and colleagues. We have packed scrub uniforms for all clinical colleagues to wear instead of the traditional uniform as these are often more comfortable in hot temperatures; we have distributed fans and temporary air conditioning units across the Trust and are putting additional cooling systems in place to protect the equipment needed. We also have specialist refrigeration engineers on site to react to any issues and have brought in additional industrial cooling units as emergency backup for key operational areas.

“Our goal is to keep cool and carry on. I’d kindly ask for everybody’s support. People can help by taking care in the hot weather and following the advice and guidance. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for working around the clock to care for patients – recognising this is for hospital colleagues but also for primary care and community colleagues too. We appreciate all that the whole system is doing to provide appointments and support each other.”

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