Binmen set to stop collecting rubbish early as councils say 'it's too hot'

Forecasters believe there is a 30 percent chance the mercury could surpass the current UK record of 38.7C

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Councils have warned of delays in binmen collecting rubbish this week as temperatures continue to soar.

A heatwave has hit the country in recent days, with Brits flooding to beaches across the country.

And forecasters believe there is a 30 percent chance the mercury could surpass the current UK record of 38.7C, set in Cambridge in 2019, as temperatures continue to climb over the weekend and into next week.

And South Oxfordshire District Council have warned that they could stop collecting rubbish early, urging resident to leave their bins out for a further two days if their bins are not cleared.

Councils have warned of delays in binmen collecting rubbish this week
Councils have warned of delays in binmen collecting rubbish this week
Soaring temperatures continue across the country
Soaring temperatures continue across the country

In a Facebook post on Monday, the council said: “Our crews are already out and about emptying bins.

“It is likely they will stop early due to the extremely hot weather forecast today and the rest of the week.

“If we have not emptied your bins then please leave them out for two days after your scheduled collection and we will aim to catch up.

“Sorry for any inconvenience.”

While the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: "There will be some delays to waste collections this week due to the hot weather.

"Our staff are working hard and will catch up as quickly as possible."

An “amber” extreme heat warning covering much of England and Wales on Sunday and Monday says there could be a danger to life or potential serious illness, with adverse health effects not just limited to the most vulnerable.

Network Rail is preparing to introduce speed restrictions to reduce the likelihood of tracks buckling as the heatwave continues, which will cause delays to passenger journeys and disrupt freight services.

While the London Ambulance Service has urged the public to support it as the heat continues by only calling 999 in the event of a life-threatening emergency, keeping hydrated and staying out of the sun during the hottest periods of the day.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK warned people about the dangers of trying to cool off in lakes, quarries, rivers and other waterways in the extremely hot weather.