Met Office warns ‘danger to life’ ahead of blazing temperatures in Newcastle

Emergency services are poised ahead of this weekend’s heat

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning ahead of this weekend's heatwave in Newcastle and across the North East.

The whole of the UK is currently baking in temperatures above the 20 degrees mark and that is just going to keep climbing as the weekend arrives.

Highs of 25 degrees in Newcastle are set to reach 28 degrees on Monday and 29 degrees on Tuesday before rain on Wednesday cools things down once again.

The Met Office has implemented its weather warning for extreme heat from 23:59 on Sunday, July 17 until 23:59 on Tuesday, July 19.

The weather organisation said: "A hot spell is likely to develop from Sunday, likely peaking early next week, leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure."

An update had already been issued but has now been extended into the early days of next week.

High temperatures are on the way (Image: Getty Images)

The amber weather warning continued: "Population-wide adverse health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potential serious illness or danger to life.

"Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.

"Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required.

"Significantly more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to increased risk of water safety incidents.

"Delays on roads and road closures are possible, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with potential for significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays."