August heatwave: London set to hit 35C this week in ‘prolonged’ heat spell in UK
The heat wave is expected to peak Friday and Saturday. Forecasters say the heatwave will be more prolonged than the one that hit much of the UK last month, although temperatures are unlikely to reach the extreme highs that saw a record high of 40.2C recorded at Heathrow on July 19.
As the capital continues to be plagued by drought conditions, part of north London suffered flood chaos earlier due to a burst water main.
Several roads in Hornsey were closed as firefighters battled the floods, which in places were up to four feet high.
London firefighters were called at around 7am to the corner of Hornsey Road and Tollington Road after a 36-inch water pipe burst.
The Tollington Arms pub posted video showing cars driving through deep water outside as firefighters were seen coming to the aid of affected residents. Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were on site. People have been urged not to hold barbecues in dry conditions after a series of grass fires, including one over the weekend that damaged more than a dozen homes in Chelmsford, Essex.
The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said around 40 people were forced to flee as the blaze raged.
Regional Manager Neil Fenwick said: “Although the summer weather usually provides the perfect opportunity to have a barbecue or gather around a fireplace in the evening, we strongly discourage people from having any type of fire for the moment.
“The ground across Essex is extremely dry, allowing fires to spread easily and quickly.”
Firefighters also warned against setting off fireworks or sky lanterns, which could ignite a “large scale” fire in parched areas.
Around 60 people were evacuated from their homes on Sunday evening as firefighters tackled a major blaze in Feltham, west London.
Around 70 firefighters battled the blaze on Hereford Road where trees and underbrush were on fire.
Station Commander Tamer Ozdemir, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked hard in hot and difficult conditions to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby properties.”
The cause of the fire was unknown. The whole of England and Wales is likely to experience increasingly warm weather over the coming week as high pressure builds across the UK.
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said: “There will be plenty of sunshine for a large majority of the UK and temperatures will rise day by day.
“Not everyone will initially see these sunny conditions, but towards the end of the week even Scotland and Northern Ireland will join the rest of the UK in sunny and warm conditions.
“It looks like an extended period of dry weather and that’s obviously bad news for the south of England where a bit of rain would really help now.”
On Sunday, Environment Secretary George Eustice called on water companies to ban garden hoses to save water.
He said some water companies had already “rightly” taken action to mitigate the effects of prolonged dry weather as he encouraged others to follow suit.
A garden hose ban has already come into force in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with one covering Kent and Sussex from this Friday.