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England is bracing itself for temperatures above 40C, which would break a record set three years ago, prompting the UK’s national weather service to issue its first “red warning for exceptional heat”.“Exceptional, perhaps record-breaking temperatures are likely early next week,” said Paul Gundersen, the UK’s chief meteorologist. “There is a 50 per cent chance we could see temperatures top 40C and 80 per cent we will see a new maximum temperature reached.”He warned that this level of heat “can have adverse health effects”.The severe weather warning for Monday and Tuesday covers parts of central, northern, eastern and southeastern England. An amber warning has been in place for much of this week.There will be a 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”, the Meteorological Office said in its statement on Friday.Rail passengers in England and Wales have been warned not to travel unless “absolutely necessary” on Monday and Tuesday.Network Rail, which runs Britain’s rail infrastructure, said the heat can affect overhead power lines and steel rail tracks. It could impose speed restrictions next week to stop rails buckling.Avanti West Coast, which runs train services between London and cities in the Midlands, north of England and Scotland, has warned passengers to expect disruption including timetable changes and longer journeys.More people will be heading to coastal areas, lakes and rivers, increasing the risk of water safety incidents, the Met Office added. Motoring group the RAC expects road assistance to increase with the number of drivers in on Monday and Tuesday 15 to 20 per cent higher than normal for mid-July. That would be equivalent to more than 1,000 extra breakdowns a day.The record temperature in the UK is 38.7C, set at Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.⚠️⚠️🔴 Red Extreme heat warning issued 🔴⚠️⚠️Parts of England on Monday and TuesdayLatest info 👉 #WeatherAware ⚠️— Met Office (@metoffice) July 15, 2022

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