The hot weather has led to the Met Office issuing a rare heat related warning.
Here’s what we know about the warning, when we could see the back end of the heatwave, and what we can expect from the weather warning.
What is the Met Office warning for?
The Met Office have issued a red weather warning for extreme heat which covers a large part of England, including Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.
How long is the warning in place for?
At the time of writing, the weather warning is set to be in place for almost 48 hours. Across large parts of England and Wales, the warning will come into force at midnight on Monday, 18 July and remain in place until 11.59pm on Tuesday, 19 July.
An amber warning for extreme heat comes into place at midnight on Sunday, 17 July
During this time, Manchester could see temperatures reach over 30C.
If Met Office predictions of 39C in some parts of the UK are reached, it would be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK.
What can we expect?
The Met Office have warned people what they can expect during the red extreme heat warning
- Population-wide adverse health effects experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life. Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.
- Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required
- High risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to localised loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services
- Significantly more people visiting coastal areas, lakes and rivers, leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents
- Delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays
When could the heatwave end?
The heatwave across the country looks set to last at least a week, with temperatures remaining very high into next week.
It is hard to pinpoint when the heatwave will be over, but a rough guide can be taken by the ending of the Met Office amber warning which is due to be at the end of Tuesday, 19 July.
What is the forecast for this week?
Although the heat warning doesn’t come into place until Sunday, the temperatures this week are still set to be very high in Birmingham.
Below is the Met Office summary for the West Midlands region up to Tuesday, 19 July.
Cloud building during the morning with isolated showers pushing through northern areas until early afternoon. Cloud breaking up to allow some brighter periods for late afternoon. Feeling warm in any sunny spells. Maximum temperature 24 °C.
Cloud continues to break, providing some late sunny intervals. Staying dry with largely clear skies overnight. The risk of a few mist patches, but these clearing readily after dawn. Minimum temperature 9 °C.
Dry with prolonged intervals of strong sunshine, though some higher-based cloud making the sunshine hazy at times. Temperatures up on Saturday and feeling warm. Maximum temperature 26 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Largely dry with sunny intervals. Becoming very hot by day with oppressively warm nights as well. A risk of showers on Tuesday.