Will schools in Newcastle close due to UK heatwave? Latest on school closures after amber weather warning

The weather in Newcastle is expected to exceed 25C soon

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Newcastle is bracing itself for temperatures of up to 26C, as Britain prepares for one of the hottest summers in recorded history.

Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Newcastle was issued with an amber warning for heat, like much of the country.

It was also recently revealed that there is a 30 percent chance on Sunday, 17 July that Britain could record its hottest ever day.

Pupils are on the cusp of a summer holiday, which sees them enjoy six weeks of school, in the biggest break in the school calendar, but there is a chance they may finish a few days earlier.

It wouldn’t be the first time the weather disrupted schools this year, with the previous Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin, which ran riot in the country and meant some schools had to close.

How long is the weather warning in place?

The amber weather warning for extreme heat in Newcastle will be active from midnight on Monday, 18 July and end at 11:59pm on Tuesday, 19 July meaning it will be active for almost 48 hours.

What can we expect from an amber warning for extreme heat?

According to the Met Office, an amber warning is: ‘A hot spell is likely to develop from Sunday, likely peaking early next week, leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.’

This is what we can expect in Newcastle:

  • 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

Will schools in Newcastle close?

As the weather warning is currently on amber, it may be unlikely that schools in Newcastle will close.

A spokesperson from Newcastle City Council said: “Schools are not being advised to close but national guidance has been shared with head teachers.”

A Gateshead Council spokesperson said: “We would like to reassure parents and carers that while schools in Gateshead will remain open during the heatwave, all schools will be taking extra precautions so learning can continue safely.

“This includes ensuring all children are wearing sun hats and sun protection, have access to water and do not spend too much time outdoors at peak times. Schools can also consider being more lenient with their school uniform policies, including by letting children wear their P.E. kits to all lessons.

“Sports days and events will also remain scheduled as normal with additional safety measures in place.”

How do I stay safe in warm weather?

Always take precautions when going out in warm weather.

Here’s some tips from the NHS.

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
  • If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice