Life on London Underground during the hot weather

Using the London Underground when it’s really hot can be very challenging. A lot of commuters have been struggling on the Tube during the recent heatwave, with temperatures hitting 36C in some carriages yesterday. It was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK overall after 33.3C (92F) was recorded in Suffolk. Trainee solicitor Sam Mitchell uses public transport to get to work and has not been impressed with conditions on the Central Line. He told Mail Online: ‘This commute in this heat is the worst way to start my day. It is really uncomfortable.
There is no air conditioning which is appalling.’ He singled out the section between Marble Arch and St Paul’s as being the hottest because of overcrowding. MORE: More than 1,000,000 people are expected to get a payrise Tube reaches 40C in UK heatwave
Lawyer Sarah Gordon, from north London, was also unimpressed with the Central Line, adding: ‘Knowing it is 36 degrees down here is shocking – that is almost body temperature. ‘It is awful when you get on a train as normal and you leave soaked through with sweat.’ It was so hot yesterday an amber (level three) ‘heat health watch’ warning was issued for parts of England. The warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30C (86F) during the day, and 15C (59F) at night, for at least two consecutive days.
Commuters will have to get used to the hot weather as the heatwave is set to continue. Parts of Britain could even see temperatures rise to 35C (95F) towards the end of the week. MORE: Elderly woman found dead at home alongside man with ‘serious’ stab wounds Oxford can get pretty hot .
Sales executive Michael Obire, has found a solution for the uncomfortable conditions on the London Underground – he just avoids the Central and Northern Lines because he says they’re the hottest. He also stands by the carriage door window so he can catch the breeze.
It just means it takes him longer to get to St Pauls from Marylebone each morning. A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said: ‘We completely understand that travelling can be uncomfortable during periods of hot weather and are investing millions of pounds to make the Tube and buses cooler for customers.
We are constantly working on new ways to keep the temperature down on the Tube and have doubled the number of fans on the network since 2012 as well as installing chiller units to pump in cold air.
There are also 192 air conditioned trains serving 40 per cent of the network. All of our buses have opening windows and all new double-deck buses use air cooling systems. ‘During this hot weather we advise customers to ensure they have water with them when they travel in order to stay hydrated, offer a seat to those who may need it, and, if they feel ill, to contact a member of staff at the next station.

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