UK as hot as Death Valley – extreme heat alert to rival hottest place on Earth

Temperatures could be as hot as Death Valley by the weekend – but Brits will carry on boozing heavily in defiance of official advice.

The Met Office has warned we could see the mercury rise as high as 40C and above by the end of the week and beyond.

Today (Monday, July 11) it issued an ­ultra-rare near England-wide amber extreme heat warning from Sunday into next week.

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If it reaches 40C it could mean the country is as hot – or hotter than parts of Death Valley, California, famous as the hottest place on earth.

But while official Met Office advice warns not to drink too much alcohol in extreme heat, hospitality bosses are forecasting bumper sales of up to 90 million pints over the next week – 20million more than average.

A spokesperson from the British Beer and Pub Association said: “As the weather hots up, beer sales are set to rise across the board.

“Pubs across the country are ready to welcome people to their gardens to enjoy a beer in the sunshine.”

The Met Office’s hot weather advice said: “Leading health organisations across the UK recommend to drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body.”

The UK Health Security Agency said: “The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives include drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol.”

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The 33C hottest day of the year is due tomorrow (Tuesday, July 12)), before more balmy 29C temperatures from Wednesday to Friday before a steep rise to 35C on Saturday.

A Uswitch spokesman said: “This year the discomfort isn't limited to the night; many homeworkers won't be able to benefit from the perfectly adjusted air conditioning systems of their employer's offices.

“The stifling heat can confuse our judgement when it comes to deciding whether to fork out for an expensive cooling system.

“They can be costly to buy and run, and are only useful for the few hot days the UK experiences every year.”

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The energy and pricing specialists warned that keeping a typical 120w pedestal fan on all night could eat up around 3.4p an hour of electricity – this would be a not so budget-friendly amount of 33p per night if left on from 10pm to 8am.

And doing that for the next seven nights could eat up £2.31.

With the hot weather set to carry on for at least three to four weeks, it could see families spent an extra £10 or more just trying to keep one room cool.

A typical family of four in a three-bedroom house could be spending an extra £40 this month just trying to survive the heat.

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