A national emergency has been declared after a red extreme heat warning was issued for the first time, as temperatures could hit 40C (104F).
The Met Office's highest warning, meaning there is a risk to life, covers an area including London, the Midlands, Manchester and York on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July, 2022.
The Met Office red warning means:
- Population-wide adverse health effects, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life
- Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be needed
- A high risk of failure of heat-sensitive equipment, potentially leading to localised loss of power and other essential services
- 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.
In consultation with the Mayor, Group Leaders, the Monitoring Officer and following advice from colleagues in Public Health, it has therefore been agreed, in the interests of safety, that the meeting of full council scheduled to be held on Monday 18 July, 2022 be postponed. This follows advice that substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be needed.
Please note that the business to be transacted at the meeting on Monday 18 July, 2022 will be added to the Council Summons scheduled for 19 September, 2022.
It is appreciated that cancelling a meeting of Council is unprecedented but the health and safety of members and staff is paramount.