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UK Issues 1st-ever 'Red' Warning for Hot Weather Next Week

The dry bed and receded water levels at Lindley Wood Reservoir in Otley, on July 13. 

The dry bed and receded water levels at Lindley Wood Reservoir in Otley, on July 13. 

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London (AP) -- British authorities issued their first ever “red” warning for extreme heat early next week, declaring a national emergency as forecasters predict record temperatures that will put even healthy people at risk of serious illness and death.

The warning covers Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures in England may reach 40 C (104 F) for the first time, the U.K Met Office said. The British record is 38.7C (101.7F), set in 2019.