London Ambulance see dramatic spike in 999 calls because of warm weather

Dramatic spike in emergency calls 'because of warm weather'
999 calls spiked on the hottest day of the year so far (Picture: Getty)

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.

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:

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