London paramedics have received double the number of average 999 calls per hour – because of the warm weather.
Saturday was the sixth busiest day ever for emergency calls to reports of incidents that were immediately life-threatening, said Jason Killens, director of operations at London Ambulance.
At its peak the service took 403 calls an hour – double what it would normally receive.
More than 6,120 999 calls we recorded over Saturday.
On Twitter a London Ambulance spokesperson blamed the weather.
At our busiest yesterday we received 403 calls an hour, double what we would see usually. Take care and only call us in an emergency—
London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) May 18, 2014
Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, and Britons can look forward to more sunshine today, with temperatures set to soar higher than in Greece and Italy.
Forecasters said temperatures are expected to rise as high as 25C (77F) in south-east England, while in Rome and Athens it will be in the low 20s.
It had already reached 22C (72F) in London just before midday today.
18 May 2014 | 1:43 pm – Source: metro.co.uk