Britain braced for record-breaking 41C high as country hit by blazing heatwave

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Britain could experience its hottest day on record today (Monday) as temperatures are forecast to climb up to 41C (106F).

The Met Office has issued a red warning across large parts of the country, stretching from York and Manchester to London and the south-east.

High temperatures are also forecast in the rest of the UK – with amber warning for all of Wales and parts of Scotland.

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People are already being advised not to travel on public transport unless “absolutely necessary” as services will be reduced due to the heatwave.

It comes after the Met Office issued amber and red alerts warning of “potential serious illness or danger to life”.

According to reports, the BBC Weather presenter and meteorologist Simon King pointed out that temperatures could reach 42C in the East Midlands on Tuesday – tweeting that this level of heat “just shouldn’t happen”.

Overnight temperatures are warned to be in the mid twenties – before cooling on Wednesday.

It is the first time the Met Office has issued a red warning since the system was introduced last year.

Some GP surgeries and operating theatres have already closed as hospital bosses warned that the weather made it hard to keep services running.

Schools in several counties, including Nottinghamshire and Hampshire, confirmed that they would close for two days following the health alerts.

Others have reduced hours amid Met Office warnings.

Network Rail said people should travel only "if absolutely necessary" today and Tuesday, with some cancellations already announced, and speed restrictions in place across the network.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a level four warning for England, which the Government is treating as a "national emergency".

Following an emergency Cobra meeting for ministers on Saturday, Health Secretary Steve Barclay said ambulance capacity would increase, alongside more call handlers.

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