In great evils the great means
People have decided the only way to cope with the fierce temperatures across the UK this week is to book hotel rooms with air conditioning and swimming pools.
While many offer the usual advice to stay in the shade, drink plenty of fluids and keep curtains or blinds closed, some are taking more drastic and unconventional measures, opting to book air-conditioned hotel rooms.
The luxury of air conditioning is obviously something the vast majority of homes in the UK are not blessed with.
One person on Twitter said they had “found an air-conditioned hotel” to help them through the heat, but pointed out that most people could not afford to do so and the country’s infrastructure was “not designed for this heat.
We’re looking to set records here in the UK this week. Probably 40°C (104°F).
Hardly anyone has air conditioning and our infrastructure is not designed for this heat.
I found an air-conditioned hotel to get by. Many cannot afford it. People and pets will die.
—Boris Trump (@BorisTrump6) July 16, 2022
Another asked if anyone knew of any hotels in this UK with an ‘outdoor pool or at least nice leisure facilities’. They explained that their plan was to “hide somewhere” all Sunday through Tuesday.
Does anyone know of any decent hotels in the UK that have an outdoor swimming pool or at least nice leisure facilities/close to a beach/water? Tried to hide somewhere Sunday – Tuesday that has air conditioning 😂😅
—Ann Chapman (@LeFuzzyOtter) July 15, 2022
Others joked that they were “Googling cheap local hotels with AC” and asked if anyone “would like to go halfway to a hotel with AC”.
Anyone else google cheap local hotels with AC?….. wishful thinking on my part #perimenopause
– creation by vicky myers (@vickymcreations) July 18, 2022
Someone in London wants to do half an air-conditioned hotel on Monday and Tuesday night? ! 🥵🥵
— 🗺🇪🇺Nick (@bluemoonstar) July 16, 2022
But all joking aside, the heat on Monday and Tuesday poses a very serious threat to many, and people are urged to watch the elderly and vulnerable.
The UK could record its highest temperature on record this week, with some regions expected to see mercury exceed 40C for the first time in this country.
The Met Office’s extreme heat red warning means the weather poses a threat to life and is likely to disrupt travel.
You can learn more about the severe weather warning, what it means and what you can do to deal with the heat here.
Due to the weather, Network Rail said people should only travel ”if absolutely necessary” on Mondays and Tuesdays. A number of services have already been canceled and a speed restriction is in place across the entire network.
People are also being warned of the dangers of swimming in open water to try and cool off.
Over the weekend a 16-year-old boy died after swimming with friends at Salford Quays. Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they found a body while searching for a man who went missing after he got into trouble at Ardsley Reservoir.