Hot weather including wildfires
Whilst many of us like to enjoy the sunshine and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely. The UK experiences occasional heatwaves, but of a lesser frequency and intensity to those seen elsewhere around the world. A record was broken in summer 2019 with a maximum temperature of 38.7C recorded in July, the summer of 2018 was the equal-warmest summer for the UK.
What is a heatwave? It is an extended period of hot weather, relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year which may be accompanied by high humidity (Met Office Website, 2022).
The Norfolk Resilience Forum (NRF) plans for a heatwave with daily temperatures of above 28C that covers most of the region for a period of 2 weeks; a number of those days will consecutively reach 33C.
What is a wildfire? The National Fire Chiefs Council define a wildfire as ‘any unwanted vegetation fire’.