UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – as it happened (2023)

04.16EDT

Near 500% increase in fires compared to 2021, says fire service

Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says there has been a near 500% increase in wildfires during the first 10 days of August this year compared with 2021.

Jason Moncrieff, area manager for the service, told the BBC’s Today programme:

It is a massive difference. The first 10 days of August this year versus last year there were 492% more of these types of fires. So that’s field fires, grass fires, heathland fires – all those sorts of fires in the open, a 492% increase this year.

He also said a fire on Friday on the Studland peninsula near Purbeck could have been avoided. He said:

Amazingly, yesterday’s fire looks as though it was started by a disposable barbecue. There can’t be many people in Britain who don’t know the advice at the moment is not to bring a barbecue, do not use a barbecue, especially disposable barbecues at these places such as Studland Heath. That’s our message, bring a picnic - don’t bring a barbecue.

It’s under control, it’s a lot better condition than it was yesterday [but] we’re probably going to be carrying on operations throughout the remainder of the day. How much longer I can’t really tell.

We’ve managed to put in what we call an overland main to provide water to the scene of the operation. We’re in a lot better situation than we were at the end of yesterday.

Key events

  • 13 Aug 2022Summary
  • 13 Aug 2022Lunchtime summary
  • 13 Aug 2022Labour calls for Cobra meeting to protect water supplies
  • 13 Aug 2022What happens when drought is declared by the UK government?
  • 13 Aug 2022Near 500% increase in fires compared to 2021, says fire service
  • 13 Aug 2022Which areas are introducing hosepipe bans?
  • 13 Aug 2022Mass crop failures expected in England
  • 13 Aug 2022Which areas are officially experiencing a drought?
  • 13 Aug 2022Extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales

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13 Aug 202211.01EDT

Summary

Here is a round-up of the day’s top weather-related headlines:

  • Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud has said that the weather would continue to be dry across the south on Sunday. “For the rest of the weekend, across the south, there will be a continuation of the very dry and hot conditions,” he said.

  • Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says it has seen a near 500% increase in wildfires during the first 10 days of August this year compared with 2021.

  • The fire service also revealed that a fire on the Studland peninsula near Purbeck was probably started by a disposable barbecue. The fire service told people planning to visit the area: “Bring a picnic – don’t bring a barbecue”

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  • Dorset police said on Saturday afternoon firefighters had discovered an unexploded piece of ammunition believed to date to the second world war on the scorched heathland.

  • Labour has called on the government to summon a meeting of the Cobra civil contingencies committee to ensure water supplies are protected amid the drought. Deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “It has been nearly a year since they launched their National Resilience Strategy consultation and yet they don’t have a single plan”

  • The Met Office is warning of an increased risk of fires as well as adverse impacts on health for vulnerable people and the wider population.

That’s it from me, Tom Ambrose, and indeed the live weather blog for today. Thanks for following along (and keep cool and hydrated).

UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – as it happened (1)

Jon Henley

In places, the Loire can now be crossed on foot; France’s longest river has never flowed so slowly. The Rhine is fast becoming impassable to barge traffic. In Italy, the Po is 2 metres lower than normal, crippling crops. Serbia is dredging the Danube.

Across Europe, drought is reducing once-mighty rivers to trickles, with potentially dramatic consequences for industry, freight, energy and food production – just as supply shortages and price rises due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bite.

Driven by climate breakdown, an unusually dry winter and spring followed by record-breaking summer temperatures and repeated heatwaves have left Europe’s essential waterways under-replenished and, increasingly, overheated.

With no significant rainfall recorded for almost two months across western, central and southern Europe and none forecast in the near future, meteorologists say the drought could become the continent’s worst in more than 500 years.

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13 Aug 202210.25EDT

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud has said that the weather will continue to be dry across the south on Sunday.

“For the rest of the weekend, across the south, there will be a continuation of the very dry and hot conditions,” he said.

“We’re looking at temperatures, for the remainder of Saturday, of up to 34C or 35C across the south, feeling a little bit fresher across the north, but temperatures up there still well above where they should be for the time of year.

“As we move into, into Sunday, a slight change with low pressure starting to arrive from the south.

“There is an increasing risk of some isolated showers across Devon and Cornwall, very early on Sunday.

“Most places still generally dry and fine, with some strong August sunshine, with those temperatures rising rapidly during the course of Sunday morning and into the afternoon.”

He added that there was still a risk of more wildfires.

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“It has been extremely dry for an extended period and the ground and vegetation has been baked dry, so there is a significant risk.”

13 Aug 202210.21EDT

Dorset police said on Saturday afternoon firefighters had discovered an unexploded piece of ammunition believed to date to the second world war on the scorched heathland.

The force said a bomb disposal unit would be attending and warned the public in the surrounding area they may hear a loud bang as they dispose of the device.

13 Aug 202209.52EDT

The West Yorkshire fire and rescue service has shared a photo showing how dry some of the nearby reservoirs are looking.

Our reservoirs are still looking a little emptier than usual, due to the UK #heatwaves 🌡️

We're doing our bit at WYFRS 👇
💧Charity car washes postponed
💧Reducing water usage where possible (dry drills at training and exercises)#WaterShortage tips - @YorkshireWater pic.twitter.com/ZJL9LdfIDL

— West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (@WYFRS) August 13, 2022

13 Aug 202209.00EDT

UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – as it happened (2)

Angelique Chrisafis

We reported yesterday on the potential impact of the drought on food production, but the UK isn’t the only country suffering from such issues.

In France, traditional cheese has become the latest casualty of the summer drought, as production of the salers variety in the central Auvergne region was halted due to a lack of grass for cows.

Salers is an unpasteurised cow’s cheese that has been made for centuries in central France. It carries France’s appellation d’origine protégée (AOP) stamp of approval, meaning it is unique to the small area where it is produced.

But one of the rules of its production is that the local cows must be fed on at least 75% grass from pasture if their milk is to be used.

This summer’s scorching temperatures have led most of the 76 farmers whose milk goes to the production of salers to despair that their once green pastures are parched and yellow from drought.

“There’s nothing left to eat,” one farmer, Laurent Roux, told the local radio station France Bleu. “The terrain is so dry that in places, it looks like ash. It’s dust.”

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13 Aug 202208.26EDT

Here’s the latest from the Met Office on what to expect today:

☀️ Hot and sunny this afternoon and feeling very hot inland with temperatures reaching the mid 30s Celsius in places 📈

📉 Some coastal regions of northern and eastern Scotland and NE England will be cooler with a chance of sea fret and low cloud ☁️ pic.twitter.com/7TVUhv4HQ2

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 13, 2022

13 Aug 202208.08EDT

Lunchtime summary

Here’s a roundup of the day’s main developments so far:

  • Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says it has seen a near 500% increase in wildfires during the first 10 days of August this year compared with 2021.

  • The fire service also revealed a fire on the Studland peninsula near Purbeck was probably started by a disposable barbecue. The fire service told people planning to visit the area: “Bring a picnic - don’t bring a barbecue”

  • Labour has called on the government to summon a meeting of the Cobra civil contingencies committee to ensure water supplies are protected amid the ongoing drought. Deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “It has been nearly a year since they launched their National Resilience Strategy consultation and yet they don’t have a single plan”

  • The Met Office is warning of an increased risks of fires as well as adverse impacts on health for both vulnerable people and the wider population. With temperatures expected at around 34C in some parts of the country, it added that “some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays”.

13 Aug 202207.24EDT

Five tips to help pets and wildlife beat the UK’s extreme heat.

Top up the pond and treat your pet to an ice lolly during the extreme heat in England and Wales.

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13 Aug 202206.29EDT

Following the extreme heatwave, the Baylis Park Pond in Slough has dried out leaving ducks and wildlife displaced.

UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – as it happened (4)

13 Aug 202206.13EDT

Labour calls for Cobra meeting to protect water supplies

Labour has called on the government to summon a meeting of the Cobra civil contingencies committee to ensure water supplies are protected amid the ongoing drought.

The party’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said:

This is the second major heatwave in weeks but this Tory government is failing our country yet again. Conservative inaction on drought warnings is creating a dustbowl Britain.

Instead of stepping in, ministers have fallen asleep in the midday sun. They lecture the public on the use of hosepipes, but where is their plan to protect our vital water system.

It has been nearly a year since they launched their National Resilience Strategy consultation and yet they don’t have a single plan. They are all spin and no substance.

13 Aug 202205.56EDT

More extreme heat and drought conditions are expected in the southern half of the UK this weekend, while the northern half is set to be struck by thunderstorms and floods.

The Met Office has issued an amber heat warning covering most of England and Wales, where temperatures of up to 34C are predicted for Saturday and Sunday, the Press Association reported.

This means heat-related illnesses including sunburn and heat exhaustion are “likely” among the general population, and delays to public transport are “possible”.

Meanwhile, a lower-level yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place from noon on Sunday until 6am on Monday for most of Scotland and Northern Ireland. This warning means there is a “small chance” of flooding in these nations and the potential for power cuts.

The highest predicted daytime temperature of 34C is forecast in the south-east on Saturday, with 32C predicted in London and 27C in Edinburgh. Temperatures around the 30C mark are expected further north in England, while much of Scotland and Northern Ireland can expect temperatures in the mid-twenties.

This comes after an official drought was declared in eight areas of England on Friday by the National Drought Group, which comprises representatives from the government, water companies, the Environment Agency and others.

UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – as it happened (5)

FAQs

How many wildfires are in the UK in 2022? ›

Considered were fires larger than 30 hectares, which according to the source make up some 80 percent of total area burned.
...
Area burned by wildfires in the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2022 (in hectares)
CharacteristicArea burned by fires in hectares
2022*20,362
20216,236
202013,793
201928,754
9 more rows
10 Oct 2022

Why is it so warm in the UK at the moment? ›

The warm weather is due to air flowing up from the south-west. A spokesperson for the Met Office told i : “With low pressure out to the west, with the way the jet stream is positioned at the moment, it's helping to spin these weather systems in towards the UK.

Is UK weather becoming more extreme? ›

Put simply, this is because warmer air holds more energy and more moisture: two key ingredients of severe storms. But the extremes in the UK weather will not only include storms and floods, but also heatwaves and periods of drought.

Will there be fires in 2022? ›

The 2022 California wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires burning throughout the U.S. state of California. As of 14 November 2022, a total of 7,329 fires have been recorded, totaling approximately 362,403 acres (146,659 hectares) across the state.

What is the biggest cause of fire in the UK? ›

Misusing equipment

Far and away the biggest cause of fires in the UK is the misuse of equipment. While fire source statistics are not divisible by dwellings and other buildings, equipment is a major fire risk in office buildings and workplaces too.

Is there a heatwave coming 2022 UK? ›

The next heatwave is due around August 29 – just in time for he Bank Holiday weekend. But, fortunately, not quite to the extreme levels we saw in July 2022 or even earlier this month. It's expected the end of August will see warm weather roll in, possibly up to 30°C in some places, as September comes around.

Is UK having a heatwave 2022? ›

The average maximum temperature on 19 July 2022 was 2°C hotter than the previous maximum of 29.5°C on 25 July 2019 – a huge margin. Of note is that 14 of these 30 dates have occurred since 2003. This chart includes five dates in summer 1976 which was less intense than that of 2022, although it was a prolonged heatwave.

Is there going to be a heatwave in September 2022? ›

Given the combined intensity and duration of the September 2022 event, Hulley said, it will likely rank as one of the worst heatwaves of the past four decades.

Why are British homes so cold? ›

Why? Because it has the draughtiest windows and least insulated homes. For many families that means the moment they turn off the heating, the warmth goes out of the windows. Analysis by the Association for the Conservation of Energy reveals UK windows are the leakiest of 11 northern European nations.

Why is this winter so warm 2022? ›

File. This year La Niña returns for the third consecutive winter, driving warmer-than-average temperatures for the Southwest and along the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard, according to NOAA's U.S. Winter Outlook released today by the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

Why do UK homes get so hot? ›

Many UK homes are not designed well enough to cope with the changes in weather. This problem is particularly noticeable during the heatwaves, as well as throughout warm periods that arrive often without warning at unexpected times of the year.

Which country is safest from climate change? ›

  • The top countries ranked by resilience to climate change.
  • New Zealand.
  • Finland.
  • Denmark.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.
  • Singapore.
  • Austria.
21 Nov 2020

What kind of summer is predicted for 2022 UK? ›

Summer 2022

High pressure has dominated the UK weather this summer bringing long spells of dry and warm weather to many areas allowing heatwaves to develop each month, but most notably in July. Overall, the UK has seen 62% of its summer rainfall and mean temperatures were 1.1°C above the average of 14.6°C.

Will England become a hot country? ›

The likelihood of exceeding 40C anywhere in the UK in a given year has also been rapidly increasing and, even with current pledges on emissions reductions, such extremes could be taking place every 15 years in the climate of 2100.” It looks as if the threat of extreme heat will not be over this week.

Will future wildfires be more extreme and last longer? ›

In a moderate scenario for global warming, the likelihood of extreme, catastrophic fires could increase by up to a third by 2050 and up to 52 percent by 2100, the report estimates. If emissions are not curbed and the planet heats up more, wildfire risks could rise by up to 57 percent by the end of the century.

What country has the most wildfires? ›

Throughout 2021, Brazil reported approximately 184 thousand wildfire outbreaks, by far the highest figure in South America.
...
Number of wildfires in South America in 2021, by country or territory.
CharacteristicNumber of wildfires
Brazil184,081
Bolivia34,429
Argentina33,867
Paraguay25,129
9 more rows
20 Oct 2022

Will wildfires continue to get worse? ›

In recent years, there has been a decrease in grassland fires, which account for 70% of global wildfires (2). But predictions are that the number of extreme fires globally will grow 14% by 2030, 30% by 2050 and 50% by 2099 (3).

Why do most fires start at night? ›

“Nighttime is an important time in fire management.” Hot, dry weather parches the landscape, creating more fuel to feed fires. In the evening in the Western US, temperatures traditionally get a little cooler and humidity rises.

How do houses catch on fire? ›

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, starting almost half of all fires. Heating is the second highest cause, followed by electrical systems/lighting equipment and intentional fires. Smoking is the fifth highest cause, but is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

What time of day do most fires occur? ›

Home fires can happen at any time, but they generally increase during the fall and winter, with December and January being the peak months. Home fires are also more common on Saturday and Sunday, and tend to peak between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

Will this year be hot 2022? ›

The new data also revealed that there was a 28.6 per cent chance that 2022 would be in top five hottest years, and a 2.8 per cent chance it would be the hottest year ever recorded.

Will there be a heat wave summer 2022? ›

Summer 2022 — a season marked again by historic heat waves, widespread drought and torrential rains — ranks among the hottest on record, according to data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
...
2022 Heat Tracker.
Average Year-To-Date40
Last Year48
3 more rows
15 Sept 2022

What will be the hottest day in 2022? ›

07/20/2022: The hottest day of the year.

Will it be hot in June 2022 in the UK? ›

According to provisional Met Office figures, June 2022's average mean temperature* for the UK was 13.9°C, which was 0.6°C above the long-term average (1991-2020). Maximum temperatures were also above average for the month, with 18.6°C the average daily high, some 0.9°C above the long-term figure.

What is the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK 2022? ›

Summer 2022 was hot and dry and saw a new UK record temperature of 40.3C in Lincolnshire. Europe was also dry and warm, in August and the summer period, with wide climate impacts.

Will UK get another heat wave? ›

According to the Met Office's long-term weather forecast, the likelihood of another heatwave in the coming weeks remains pretty low.

What is causing heatwave 2022? ›

India Heatwave Breaks Temperature Records. The average maximum temperature across India in March 2022 was 33.1˚C. Experts say climate change is to blame.

Why are British houses so damp? ›

Poor insulation in Homes

Poor insulation is an issue with much of the older housing stock in Britain as they do not have sufficient insulation installed to eliminate draughts and stop damp emerging. Houses that were built before 1925 were constructed withsolid walls but unfortunately, these needed insulating.

Why do old houses stay so cold? ›

The home has poor or insufficient insulation.

The insulation could be old, worn down, or not installed properly. Or, in an effort to save money, a previous owner could have installed insulation with an R-value (measure of insulation) that's insufficient for the climate you live in.

Why do British homes not have AC? ›

“We are a heating-dominated country, not a cooling-dominated country,” said Tadj Oreszczyn, a professor of energy and environment at the University College London Energy Institute. He added: “We haven't designed our homes historically to cope with overheating. We've designed them to keep ourselves warm.”

Will it be a cold winter 2022 UK? ›

Mike Kendon, from the National Climate Information Centre, said: “Although it's too early to guarantee that 2022 will be the UK's warmest year, the first 11 months have set up the distinct possibility of a record-breaking warm year, with only a very cold December able to potentially influence where the year will ...

Is there going to be a winter 2022? ›

Mark your calendars, all you holiday-loving, stew-cooking, snow-shoveling people! The first day of winter is Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Is 2022 going to be a cold winter Europe? ›

Looking at the surface temperature probability forecast over Europe, we see a warmer pattern. Most of the continent is in the warmer temperature range. However, average temperatures are more likely over the western/southwestern parts.

What is the most efficient temperature to keep your house at UK? ›

The Energy Saving Trust recommends heating your home to between 18 to 21 degrees Celsius during winter. And The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests 18 degrees is the ideal temperature for healthy and well-dressed people. Both agree this is also the ideal temperature for sleeping.

Why do old houses stay cool in summer? ›

The taller interior walls and airier proportions of most period homes help to maintain a more stable temperature, given that heat will settle further towards ceiling height. Cottages are pokier, obviously, but the thick stone used in their construction means they take longer to warm up.

Where is most heat lost from a house UK? ›

In a typical British home up to one third of the heat produced by central heating systems is lost through the roof, walls, floor and windows.

Where should I live to avoid global warming? ›

The best cities for climate change
  • Seattle, Washington. Like San Francisco, Seattle doesn't expect to see a drastic increase in days with extreme heat or high heat and humidity. ...
  • Columbus, Ohio. ...
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...
  • Baltimore, Maryland. ...
  • Portland, Oregon. ...
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...
  • Richmond, Virginia. ...
  • Houston, Texas.
12 Oct 2022

Where should I live in the UK for climate change? ›

At the other end of the spectrum, 86 per cent of the safest cities are located in Europe and the Americas. The UK is home to the five cities considered most insulated from climate change impacts: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Preston and Middlesbrough.

Which country will not be affected by climate change? ›

A paper published by the Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom has identified five countries in geographical locations with “favourable starting conditions” that may allow them to be less touched by the effects of climate change: New Zealand, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland.

Will we have a cold winter 2023 UK? ›

A La Niña Autumn and Winter would lead to an unsettled and cooler Autumn with areas of low pressure moving in off the Atlantic to affect the United Kingdom. The winter period, or at least the start of winter 2022-2023 would more than likely bring much colder weather compared to El Niño years.

What will spring 2022 be like UK? ›

There is a high chance that March will be warmer than average in the United Kingdom. This mild pattern is then forecast to continue for April and May. This means there is a slightly higher chance of warmer than average conditions in the UK, especially in southern parts.

What is the weather forecast for July 2022 UK? ›

Amber heat warning for UK as heatwave temperatures could soar past 35°C. Friday will continue to see a breeze from the east, bringing more cloud and some heavy showers to Scotland. The cloud will tend to break up during the day and the skies will be clearer the further south and east you are.

What caused the UK heatwave 2022? ›

The record-breaking UK heatwave of 18-19 July 2022 was made “at least 10 times more likely” by human-caused climate change, a new “rapid-attribution” study finds.

Where is the best place to live when climate change happens? ›

Key Findings. Sacramento, California is the best place to live for climate change in 2022. 60% of the top 10 places to live in the U.S. for climate change are in California.

What temperature is too hot for humans? ›

People often point to a study published in 2010 that estimated that a wet-bulb temperature of 35 C – equal to 95 F at 100 percent humidity, or 115 F at 50 percent humidity – would be the upper limit of safety, beyond which the human body can no longer cool itself by evaporating sweat from the surface of the body to ...

How many forest fires are there in 2022? ›

Some 7,490 fires were sparked in California in 2022, which is 256 fewer than the five-year average of 7,746.

How many wildfires are in the UK? ›

There were 137 wildfires larger than 25 hectares (250,000 m2) recorded in the United Kingdom in 2019. This beats the previous record of 79 from 2018.
...
2019 United Kingdom wildfires
Burned area72,036 acres (29,152 ha) (as of 21 June)
CauseDrought and high temperatures
Land useAgriculture, tourism
5 more rows

How many wildfires are there in the UK each year? ›

These data support the findings of the UK's Forestry Commission (Forestry Commission 2019), who found that UK FRS, who report wildfire incidents through their Incident Reporting System (IRS), attend an average of 32,000 wildfire incidents each year, of which the vast majority (>99%) were smaller than one hectare.

How many wildfires happen a year in the UK? ›

Although the Fire and Rescue Service deals with about 70,000 grassland fires a year in the UK, their potential to cause serious damage, disruption and loss of life had rarely been studied in detail.

Are most wildfires caused by humans? ›

According to federal data cited by the National Park Service, humans cause about 85 percent of all wildfires yearly in the United States. The Annual 2021 Wildfires Report from the National Centers for Environmental Information indicates that over 7 million acres of wildland were consumed by fire that year.

Can you see fires on Google Earth? ›

Not only is Google Earth Pro good for active forest fires, but also for measuring the footprint of the burned area. It's easy to get confused with clouds for Landsat images, so you can verify the fire with thermal infrared (TIR) and the KMZ.

How do you stop a grass fire? ›

Grass fire prevention tips
  1. Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows.
  2. Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and disposed of in dedicated bins.
  3. Take your rubbish home or put it in a nearby bin.
  4. Don't leave glass bottles lying on the ground.

How can you stay safe during a wildfire? ›

Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home. Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows. Set up a portable air cleaner to keep indoor pollution levels low when smoky conditions exist.

Does glass start a fire? ›

It might not be obvious the risks that come from glass, mirrors and other reflective items, but when exposed to sun rays directly, they can become a huge fire hazard. There have been reports of fires started from glass tables, crystal door handles and mirrors.

What is causing fires in England? ›

U.K. wildfires may be caused by arson, escaped prescribed burns, discarded cigarettes, and barbecues, and by sparks from power lines, vehicles, or ordnance in military training areas.

Is the UK at risk of wildfires? ›

By modelling fire danger, scientists predicted that there will be an increase in the occurrence of wildfires across the whole of the UK, with the number of “danger days” – when conditions suggest a fire might develop – in the southeast of England forecast to increase by between three and four times by the 2080s, with ...

Where in the UK has the most fires? ›

So, while England recorded the highest number of domestic fire incidents over the 2017/2018 period, Scotland had the highest average number of fire-related home emergencies based on national population size.

How many car fires a day in the UK? ›

Every year in the UK, over 100,000 cars which equates to nearly 300 a day go up in flames and around 100 people die as a result.

Are wildfires getting worse every year? ›

In the United States, the amount of acreage that wildfires burned grew by around 192,000 acres every year between 1991 and 2020. According to an earlier study, warming trends in the global climate are making peak wildfire seasons hotter and melting snowpack earlier (6).

What time of year are fires most common? ›

Most wildfires occur between June and August, but the 2022 fire season is well underway with the warmer weather and dry vegetation seen in many areas of the country.

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