People have opted to book air-conditioned hotel rooms as temperatures are expected to hit 40C in parts of England on Monday and Tuesday.
Many people have taken to Twitter to share their tips and tricks for surviving the heat wave. Along with the predictable suggestion to stay in the shade, drink water and keep blinds closed, some also recommended booking air-conditioned hotel rooms or working in a hotel lobby rather than from home. them.
One person said they found an air-conditioned hotel to weather the heatwave as ordinary British homes are not prepared to withstand the temperatures.
However, the account also warned, “Many cannot afford it. People and pets will die.”
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
Assad Tannous (@AsennaWealth) said he already had to move to an air-conditioned hotel in London when he hit highs of 32C.
“The problem in the UK is hardly anyone has air conditioning,” he shared on Twitter.
Ann Chapman (@LeFuzzyOtter) asked for recommendations on hotels with an outdoor pool and air conditioning to stay in until Tuesday as she’s “tempted to hide somewhere” when the heat is at its strongest.
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
While others joked, “Right now I’m googling hotels with air conditioning near me. I’ve spent too much time down south and got soft.”
“Someone in London wants to do half an air-conditioned hotel on Monday and Tuesday?!” said another.
I feel like I’m booking a hotel for Monday just so I can get air conditioning
— Sarah 🦋 (@saraah_kayy) July 16, 2022
Some people have gone so far as to calculate that it’s actually cheaper to book a five-star hotel than to desperately sleep in their car all night with the air conditioning on full blast.
“It’s so bad that while I’m working in the heat wave, I have an air-conditioned hotel room so I can sleep during the day so I can work nights on Monday and Tuesday safely.”
Speaking to Clive Bull on LBC, Susan (@Garrety5) said they had to book a hotel in an air-conditioned room so they could make three hospital appointments ‘without collapsing or dying’.
Susan added, “It’s cheaper than using fans/electrics and Ubers!”
But one user stressed how seriously the heat wave should be taken and encouraged people to ask about vulnerable and elderly people who may be at risk.
For the first time, temperatures of 40C have been predicted in the UK and the first-ever red warning for exceptional heat has been issued.
Find out more in our press release 👇
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 15, 2022
The hysteria comes as the Met Office issued a red extreme heat warning for the first time on Monday and Tuesday. The highest warning means there is a risk to life and regular routines will be disrupted.
Network Rail has asked passengers not to use trains unless absolutely necessary and motoring body RAC has issued warnings as it expects more car breakdowns due to overheating engines.