Council issues red alert as temperatures soar up to 39°C

Everything you need to know about schools, roads, libraries and where to work.

The Met Office has forecast highs of 39°C this afternoon.

Leeds City Council has issued a red alert statement about the record-breaking weather set to hit Leeds over the coming hours.

Whilst the Met Office has predicted a maximum temperature across Yorkshire and the Humber of a 41 °C, describing the weather as an ‘exceptionally hot day’; here in Leeds, we are only expected to see a drop of 2°C, taking our maximum to 39°C.

Regardless of the final temperature, it appears that we’re in with a chance of breaking the previous record in the UK of 38.7°C.

Here’s what Leeds City Council have had to say about staying cool in the city today- and where you can find all the information you need.

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Road Surfaces

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It appears that the weather is warm enough to melt the roads- and the council are asking for individuals that spot a problem to call 0113 222 4407 or visit the Report a pothole or damaged road surface page on the Leeds government website.

Back in 2019, Stanningley Bypass had to close after the road created a ‘speed bump’ as the extreme weather caused the road to ‘buckle’ and create a large ridge. Last week the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that there has been concern for drivers using this bypass in the heat as the road has begun to lift once more.


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The council has issued the following statements about government-owned resources: 

  • Household Waste and Recycling Centres will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, again with the exception of Kirkstall which will remain open as normal.
  • All council libraries and community hubs will close earlier at 4pm.
  • Tropical World will also be closed to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the animals. The animal keepers will be focused on the welfare of the animals whilst the café and shop will remain open.
  • The Arium Café is closed but the Coffee POD will remain open. All other parks cafes will be open as usual but offering a reduced menu.

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Leeds City Council reported that: “Schools will remain open wherever possible in order help keep children safe. Bulletins have been given to schools outlining a range of advice and guidance on clothing, fluids, ways to keep cool, windows, air movement and fans, transport, sunscreen, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke and outdoor activities.”

Many schools have taken the decision to close early to avoid the peak temperatures expected this afternoon. So far, the following school have made a statement about opening and the extreme weather conditions.

  • Corpus Christi Catholic College- closed
  • Leeds West Academy- closed with online learning
  • Lawnswood School- close from 12.15pm
  • Bramley Park Academy- closed
  • Elements Primary School- closed
  • Summerfield Primary School- closed
  • Ralph Thoresby School- expected to work from home from 12.10pm
  • Templenewsam Halton Primary School- closed apart from to those with vulnerable families and those without child care

General Advice

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As part of their statement the council has provided Leeds with advice about working and welfare during the heatwave period.

“Everyone is advised to follow the national guidance to stay indoors with curtains closed especially during the peak hours of 11am-4pm, to hydrate regularly, wear loose clothing and take regular breaks. It is also important to check on the welfare of neighbours and vulnerable/elderly residents and family members.

“If you are able to work from home please do so, and try to avoid travel especially during the expected hottest period on Tuesday.

“Water safety is also especially important, and the guidance is please do not attempt to swim in open water as this is very dangerous.

“Grass fires are also a risk in current temperatures, so please take extra care and precautions when lighting and disposing of barbecues, cigarettes or glass which can cause fires.

Have we missed anything? Get in touch and tweet @thehootleeds to keep us up-to-date with the latest heatwave news.

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