Games scrapped over danger heat warning

A football club have cancelled their matches ahead of what is expected to be the hottest day of the year.

Woodpecker FC in Strood announced they would not be going ahead with training or tournaments this weekend due to concerns over the “extreme hot weather”.

The club has cancelled its games ahead of the weekend. Picture: Woodpecker FC Facebook

Club secretary Zoe Lattimore said: “There is not much to it other than the safeguarding and welfare of the children. We do not want them to over exert themselves.”

On a social media, the club encouraged everyone to follow public health advice and drink plenty of water, keep cool and enjoy the weather safely.

They added: “We will see all our Woodpeckers back training next week and we will try to arrange new dates for postponed games.”

On Monday, the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for extreme heat across parts of the UK ahead of further soaring temperatures this week.

The rare warning states there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness as a result of the scorching temperatures.

Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Parts of south east England could exceed 35C on Sunday. At the moment, we are looking at a 30% chance of seeing the hottest temperature recorded in the UK.”

It has done so due to concerns over the extreme heat. Picture: Woodpecker FC Facebook

The Met Office said the warning is in place from 12.01am on Sunday to 11.59pm, when temperatures are predicted to soar into the 30s.

Some computer models have predicted the mercury will hit 40C for the first time ever – the UK record is 38.7C, set in July 2019 in Cambridgeshire.

The club based in Temple Mill Primary School have teams starting from U7s through to U13s. They also run a football academy for children aged four to 11 every Saturday morning.

Are you having to cancel any planned events? Contact [email protected]

Kent Medway Weather Alex Langridge


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