Newcastle is expected to experience its highest temperature on record tomorrow (Tuesday 19th July). There are various forecasts out there – but the general consensus is that it will be a record-breaking day.
Up until now, the highest temperature recorded in Newcastle was 32.5 degrees Celsius. That was on 3rd August 1990.
So what can we expect tomorrow to bring?
After a very hot Monday, temperatures are expected to rise yet again on Tuesday when the mercury could hit as high as 33°C in Newcastle, according to the Met Office forecast.
However, other forecasts predict even more extreme heat. Yahoo! Weather predicts temperatures could rise to 35°C on Tuesday but another well renowned weather forecast website has an even hotter estimate.
The Weather Underground forecast suggests that temperatures in Newcastle upon Tyne could even reach as high as 36°C.
The Weather Channel (which provides the data for the weather app on Apple devices) also predicts that 36°C could be reached on Tuesday.
Whichever high level it reaches and peaks at – there’s no doubt it’s going to be hot and the severe weather warnings issued by the government should not be ignored.
How to stay safe in extreme heat and why it can be so dangerous
In extreme hot weather, it is important to look after yourself and others around you. Temperature levels this high could lead to health problems, especially for older people and those with underlying conditions
There are a number of ways you can help yourself to stay safe during hot weather, including staying well hydrated at all times, keeping cool when inside and avoiding excessive alcohol intake.
It might be tempting to go out and sit directly in the sunshine, but this is certainly not advised – particularly during the hottest part of the day. If you are outside, try and find shaded areas whenever possible, apply sunscreen and if possible, wear a wide-brimmed hat to further protect yourself from the strong UV rays.
These tips and more can be found on the following gov.uk webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/heat-health-advice-issued-for-all-regions-of-england
In extreme heat, older people, those with pre-existing health problems and those living alone are particularly vulnerable because they tend to be less able to cope with heat. Those most at risk include people over the age of 75 and those with serious and chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, lung disease and dementia.
Free water refill locations in Newcastle
It’s a good idea to have a refillable bottle of water with you when out and about during times when it’s hot. There are many places where you can refill your water bottle for free – around 300 in the whole of Newcastle and over 100 in the city centre.
The Refill campaign, backed by Northumbrian Water, aims to bring awareness about which locations offer free water refills. Big chains such as Greggs, Starbucks and Costa – together with many independent stores, cafes and pubs – have partnered with the campaign.
Download the Refill app (from the Apple or Google application store) to view all the locations offering this. You can either use the app to search for a specific location to see which places offer free refills or alternatively, click to view any refill partners near to your current location.
Another suggestion is to look out for the Refill campaign logo (a blue and white droplet) on doors and windows of any shop/venue you walk past. This indicates that they are indeed a Refill partner and will be happy to provide free waters refill for you.
Stay safe everyone!