A surprise heatwave hit the UK this week, resulting in sleepless nights. But the Brits still kept their sense of humor to get by.
Social media platforms are teeming with hilarious memes and hilarious reactions to the weather.
The Met Office is forecasting the longest September heatwave on record.
Also, the UK Health Authority has upgraded its heat warning to yellow in all regions of England except the North East, where a yellow warning is in effect.
The six-day alert, which runs through Sunday night, warns of higher death rates and a “significant impact” on vulnerable people and the NHS.
People have been sharing memes and hilarious reactions to the heatwave, which has taken many by surprise
Someone posts a GIF of a melting Spongebob Squarepants ice cream that almost looks like it’s crying
People have complained about not being able to sleep during the heatwave that has prompted weather warnings
According to the Met Office, this week may be the hottest day of the year.
Met Office weather forecaster Tom Morgan said: “A lot of people will probably look at the summer just passed as something completely normal, quite disappointing if you’ve had plans in the UK.”
“This week it is likely that we will see the highest temperature of the year so far.” Today is the third day that some locations have had three consecutive days of heat waves.
“By the end of today there will officially be a heat wave, what is certain is that it will be tomorrow.”
While the weather will be a welcome respite for many after a lackluster summer that was unusually cold and rainy, many Britons took to social media to complain about not being able to sleep.
A Twitter user shared a GIF of hellish flames showing a skeleton writhing in pain
Another social media user posted a picture of a melting ice cream truck, joking that everything melts
Taking to Twitter with a picture of a melting SpongeBob egg, someone calling himself Mert said, “The baby is having his first conscious ‘how the hell do you sleep in this weather?’ night.”
“You don’t, baby, you don’t.” We just suffer until it cools. Then cry when the sun comes up an hour later.’
Barbara B tweeted with a picture of a melting ice cream truck: “It’s too hot to sleep – we’re having a little heat wave here, it’s so hot it’s melting everything!”
Saru Monsuki, with a picture of a squirming cat, said: “The UK heatwave continues, please fuck off now!!!!”
“It’s hard to sleep.”
Wobbs pointed out that just a few weeks ago Britain had experienced a disappointing summer
A social media joke about sleeping outside because the weather is so hot. The Met Office is forecasting the longest September heatwave on record
It is always said that it is too hot to go to work because of the heat, which makes normal life like commuting uncomfortable
Countless people across the UK are having trouble sleeping. It comes amid an amber weather warning
Meanwhile, Emerald tweeted a GIF of a skeleton burning in hellfire, adding, “Trying to sleep in this heatwave.”
Kirsty.CM said with a GIF of a man crying uncontrollably in the shower, “It’s September.” It’s supposed to be cold. It’s supposed to rain.
“It’s supposed to suck for everyone but me because I’m overheated, but I like fall.”
“Autumn is nice for me, but no.” It’s hot because Britain has opted for another heatwave. IN SEPTEMBER.’
Someone with the username Her Royal Heinous said, “How did you sleep last night?”
“I’m so sick of this damn heat wave.”
Christine Roberts joked, “You look tired Christine… THANKS I’ve slept almost five hours in the last two days.”
Health officials have issued a yellow heat warning for most of England, meaning the entire population is at risk of ill from high temperatures, not just those at risk
Commuters throng the London Underground today during the heatwave, with temperatures expected to hit 32C in the capital today
Joggers take a morning run on Primrose Hill, north London, just after sunrise today
Wobbs emphasized, “People who were complaining a few weeks ago that we didn’t have a summer are now complaining about the #heatwave.”
Someone calling themselves S said: “Personally, I think if you drive to work across the center line you should be allowed to pause your compulsory office days in the middle of a heat wave.”
Bitsy Von Muffing said: ‘During this heat wave the cat started sleeping outside under a bush.’ I can agree with him.’
And Slartibartfast tweeted a picture of a passed out cat next to a fan and quipped, “Maybe I’m trying to get some sleep now, even though in 4.5 hours I’ll be wide awake in a sea of my own sweat!”
Even celebs have complained about the weather, with Holly Willoughby saying, “I’m hot hot hot… Did anyone actually sleep last night????” See you on @thismorning with @craigadoyle @jamieoliver and @mralfieboe at 10am… #hwstyle dress by @lkbennettlondon.’
As the climate continues to warm due to rising greenhouse gases, these hot spells will become more frequent and severe, the Met Office says.
Temperatures of 30°C for two days or more are more likely by 2070, with southern parts of the UK projected to see this happen 16 times more frequently than today.
The US-based non-profit organization Climate Central has calculated that the likelihood of a heatwave in the UK has been increased five-fold as a result of climate change.