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UK's worst bird flu outbreak could mean millions miss out on Christmas turkeys - dailystar.co.uk - Britain - county Norfolk - county Suffolk
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UK's worst bird flu outbreak could mean millions miss out on Christmas turkeys
READ MORE Brave bear saved from 17 years of torture named 'Paddington' in touching Queen tribute In response to the crisis, special protection zones have been put in place in Norfolk, Suffolk, parts of Essex and the whole of the south-west of England. The Government currently warns the risk from bird flu is medium, reports The Mirror.A statement on gov.uk reads: “The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic (HPAI) avian influenza H5 in wild birds in Great Britain remains at medium (that is, event occurs regularly).“The risk to poultry with stringent biosecurity is maintained at low (with low uncertainty).“However, the risk to poultry exposure to HPAI H5 in Great Britain with suboptimal biosecurity has been increased to medium (with medium uncertainty), in light of the increased number of infected premises observed during September and the distance of some of these, as well as some wild bird cases, from the coast.“The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low.”The Daily Mail reports James Mottershead, chairman of the National Farmers' Union poultry board, as saying the disease could cause major disruption at Christmas.“If bird flu gets into turkeys that could cause holy carnage; that could cause real supply chain issues in the run-up to Christmas,” he said.
Alex Deakin - Jim Dale - UK braced for bank holiday wildfires nightmare with temperatures set to reach 30C - dailystar.co.uk - Britain - France
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UK braced for bank holiday wildfires nightmare with temperatures set to reach 30C
wildfires as barbecues are expected to return for the three-day weekend.According to Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, he said: "Temperatures in southern and eastern Britain could reach 30C over the bank holiday as it now looks like high pressure will take control of the weather.READ MORE: Bank holiday weekend weather on knife-edge between scorcher or washout“It will follow another dry week across much of southern England with temperatures starting to rise from mid-week."“However, because there won’t be any rain across the south and with temperatures going back up, we are back into a wildfire situation."“People will be out and about, in forests and parklands, lighting barbecues and doing things that we haven’t seen much of over the past few weeks.“So, the wildfire risk is the one that sticks out for me the most over the weekend.”Wildfires were occurring throughout the consecutives heatwaves and according to Mr Dale, the subsequent rise in temperature could cause a return of the wildfires.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.“It is a combination of the ground still being very dry, despite the limited rain we have had and non-routine activities, such as barbecues in public spaces, that brings the risk.”Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Rain will last into Wednesday evening and then we are looking down to the far south for the possibility of some heavy outbreaks drifting up from France and affecting East Anglia and parts of the southeast."“Looking into the weekend, it looks as though the dry weather will return with some sunny spells.”A heatwave is unlikely this weekend despite the high pressure which Weathertrending meteorologist
French heatwave set to bring 'unusual heat' to UK with highs of 36C - dailystar.co.uk - Britain - France - Scotland
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French heatwave set to bring 'unusual heat' to UK with highs of 36C
British weather with a high of 40.3C being recorded on July 19 in Lincolnshire, the scorching sun is set for a return in mid-August.According to Netweather, a major heatwave in France will brace England for "unusual" hot weather.READ MORE:When is the next heatwave? Forecasters warn of England's driest weather for decadesNetweather said that August is likely to be "hotter, drier and sunnier than average for a large majority of the UK".The forecaster also predicted that there will be "predominantly dry sunny weather" next week as a result of high pressure with rainfall levels to be "well below normal".WXCharts has forecast peak temperatures of 36C in southern England on August 13, while London and the Midlands will see highs of 34C, and the North will reach 28C.From Monday (August 8), the weather will begin to rise with the South hitting temperatures of 28C and by Wednesday (August 10), temperatures will rise to highs of 32C across both southern England and the Midlands.Scotland will reach 25C and will eventually cool to highs of 22C as Netweather spoke about their forecasting for next week.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.A spokesperson said: "Confidence is high that this period will be somewhat hotter, drier and sunnier than average for a large majority of the UK."Rainfall is forecast to be well below normal, especially over much of England."Frontal rainfall in Week 3 is not expected to generally amount to much, and thundery outbreaks, these mainly towards the south-east, will tend to be scattered.READ NEXT:Husky with taped-up mouth left in boiling car while bloke goes gambling at casinoSoldier breaks doors open on train as people scream there's 'no air' in
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