this is bbc news. the headlines at a... the government will host an emergency cobra meeting later today, after the first national heatwave emergency was declared. fires continue to burn out of control, as parts of france, portugal and spain endure record breaking temperatures. thousands of people are evacuated from their homes. the race for conservative party leader and next prime minister continues as the five remaining candidates battle it out in the first tv debate. i was really pleased to be able to make a positive case for why i can be the best leader for our party and our country, and that's because i want to restore trust, rebuild our economy and reunite our country. i was pleased to make the positive case for that. heathrow is pushing ahead with plans to forced airlines to reduce passenger numbers to help
the airport cope with staff shortages. heathrow is pushing ahead with plans to forced airlines to reduce passenger numbers to help the airport cope with staff shortages. politicians in sri lanka begin the process of choosing a new president, after mass protests drove ex—president rajapaksa to resign and flee the country. and an unprecedented win. ireland make history with their first—ever series win in new zealand. a meeting of the government's emergency cobra committee is taking place this afternoon, to discuss how to respond to the record temperatures that are expected to hit parts of the uk next week. a national emergency has been declared after a red extreme heat warning was issued for the first time, meaning there's a risk to life. jon donnison reports.
at the bristol harbour festival this weekend, a cold shower, more than welcome. and with potentially record temperatures forecast for early next week, this summer's heatwave is entering uncharted waters. well, i don't like the heat. it's all right at the moment, it's all right in the shade, but i do burn too quickly. for those climate sceptics, i think this is evidence that something's definitely happening, so, you know, people need to take a bit of responsibility, definitely. he can't be in nursery for the full day, cos it's going to be - far too hot for him, _ so he'll be home for the afternoon in a paddling pool with us. probably, yeah. and the extreme heat is expected to put the health service under pressure. the uk health security agency says a far more moderate heatwave last summer led to over 1,600 excess deaths. and it comes with hospitals already under strain because of the recent rise in covid cases. i am worried that we're going to have a surge in attendances over this weekend and into next week.
it's going to put an enormous pressure on notjust on the emergency department, but the system as a whole. both gps, communities and well into the hospital as well. the whole system's going to come under pressure. at this primary school in weymouth this week, caps and suncream have been the order of the day, and that was with temperatures around just 30 degrees. but with the possibility of a0 degrees by monday and tuesday, some schools have decided to close. and forecasters say this is all something we're going to have to get used to. scientists believe now that we are going to see more extreme heat, and potentially for a longer period of time. we're10% more likely now to see extreme heat as a result of climate change and man—made influence. and the impact is global. extreme temperatures have led to wildfires in portugal and spain this week. scientists say such weather is no longer exceptional. it's the new normal.
earlier, i spoke to our correspondent tim muffett, who's been out and about today at the lambeth country show in london. 1974 was the first time this show took place, but since then, there have been many hot years. none, from what people i have been speaking to have said, quite as hot as this year. it's extraordinarily high temperatures as we have been hearing. it's a celebration in many ways. the best of the city and country living, but this year, after a two—year gap, there is this issue of the sun and its intense heat. the leader of the lambeth council, tell us, what measures have you put in place this year to cope with this? the health of our residents and everyone attending this fantastic country show, one of the biggest free festivals in the uk, is our top priority. 0ur fantastic events teams have been working with partners to place
a range of contingency measures. we've got extra water fountains, water is free to anyone attending the show. extra fountains, handing out water. we have created more shady spots. erecting gazebos where people can sit and get out of the sun. sunscreen is available for people who need it. we have also enhanced our welfare offer, working with health agencies and the emergency services, so that people who need help can get it fast and there is lots of people around to help. in terms of the farm, we have animals here, some fantastic animal shows, we have been liaising very closely with farms to ensure that the welfare of the animals is looked after and we have had an animal welfare inspector on site today. to make sure that the animals are really safe and well. and we have been having a big communications campaign with our residents so that everyone, asking them to bring water, they take lots of breaks, seek out help, and because we have
lots on offer, we have been checking with all our stallholders as well. the next few days are going to get even more hot. monday and tuesday especially. what are you doing as an organisation to try and cope with that? we are conscious we are on an amber alert tomorrow and red alert monday and tuesday. these extreme events are only going to increase with the climate emergency we are facing, so we said to staff, if you can work from home, please do. we are also ensuring that staff can take frequent breaks from work. 0ur refuge collectors, they are going to be going out earlier, their shifts will start earlier and they will be working in the evening in order to avoid that really intense period in the middle of the day. it will be quite something. thank you very much indeed, hope the event goes as well as this has gone so far. mind the child. more than 100,000 people are expected over the course of the weekend, but spare a thought
for the people working here, people like steve who runs this burger shack. what has it been like working here today? pretty intense. very warm. are you worried about the next few days, what the temperatures might bring and the impact it will have on your business? yes, it's not going to be great. much the same, really. just obviously staying hydrated and they gave us some frozen pina pina coladas earlier, so that kept us going. i'm not sure if that official health advice but hey. people are having a fantastic time, it has not been on for the last couple of years but now it seems people are coming back and enjoying this historic event. this heat posing many challenges, as we heard earlier, measures are in place.
suncream, drinking fountains, covered areas. fingers crossed it will go off without any major negative impact. the cabinet office minister kit malthouse mp has been chairing a meeting of the government's cobra civil contingencies committee to discuss the escalating heatwave and has been speaking about the plans they have put in place. there are three key areas where we want to make sure that we are as ready as we can be. the first is health and, there has been a lot of work, first of all messaging those who may be vulnerable and making sure they take steps to help themselves, protect themselves, but also that hospitals, ambulances and other areas may come under pressure are ready and prepared. the second area is a school is. we want to make sure kids do continue to go to school, we think they are safer in schools, but should have more help and guidance and all the support that they need,
to keep those kids out of the sun and hydrated. thirdly, transport. we do think is going to be a significant impact. the transport providers are messaging people that they should only travel if they need to on monday and tuesday. services are going to be significantly affected. the heat will affect the rails. trains will go slower, there may be fewer services, people need to be on guard for disruptions in all travel patterns and if they don't have to travel, this may be the moment to work at home. the five conservative mps hoping to become the next party leader and prime minister are gearing up for a decisive week after having clashed over a number of issues, including tax, inflation and trust, in the contest�*s first televised debate. the five will be whittled down to the two final candidates in voting by tory mps next week. earlier, our political correspondent, ben wright, told me what happens next in the leadership contest. there is another tv debate tomorrow night and then mps,
it goes back to mps on monday for the next round of voting. the field will go from five to four, and by wednesday, we will have the final two candidates who then will spend the summer going around the country, trying to persuade and 175,000 conservative members that they should be the prime minister. this is completely in—house tory election, but the mps have some stages to go. it could still be unpredictable in the next few days. in 2019, it was not until the final, fifth round thatjeremy hunt leapfrogged michael gove to take the second place spot and then go along with borisjohnson to the vote of the membership. there clearly is, i think the jockeying for second place is fierce at the moment. penny mordaunt, in the last ballot is in second spot, liz truss hopes to leapfrog her if she can pull in,
particularly votes from the right. she will be hoping that kemi badenoch is knocked out soon, that she can get a chunk of her supporters. talking to lots of mps in the last few days, nobody can predict with much certainty how the numbers might redistribute themselves after the forthcoming round of voting. keeps it exciting. there is a cobra meeting today taking place because of this extreme heat. who is in attendance, given that we have got a prime minister who is technically resigned? we do have a prime minister who has resigned, still in the job, but he has chosen not to chair this cobra meeting. there was one i think on thursday that he did not take part in. today's meeting has been chaired by kit malthouse, a close friend and ally of boris johnson. he also chaired the one a couple of days ago. it is, a cobra meeting is when key officials and ministers from across whitehall get together to work out what they are going to do, what the contingency plans are.
how is the nhs going to cope? what will happen to the rail and road network? there was a briefing on friday, where the prime minister spokesman said these plans were long—standing, he talked about potentially there being speed restrictions put on the line on monday, so it will be going through those details but labour certainly see borisjohnson�*s absence from this as a sign that he is simply not focused on the job. angela rayner, deputy leader, has called it a zombie government. "he is not taking responsibility for thejob, he should leave now," says labour. unsurprisingly, but the prime minister is in chequers this weekend and i understand he is going to be hosting a private party as well tomorrow at chequers, for some of his supporters. joining me now is alex apati from ladbroke�*s to give us an insight into the favourites for the top runners in in the conservative leadership race. we describe it as if it is a horse race, don't we? thank you for
joining us on such a hot afternoon. tell is what the odds are for the various contenders.— tell is what the odds are for the various contenders. only one of the only peeple — various contenders. only one of the only peeple in _ various contenders. only one of the only people in the _ various contenders. only one of the only people in the uk _ various contenders. only one of the only people in the uk wearing - various contenders. only one of the only people in the uk wearing a - only people in the uk wearing a shirt. i have treated myself to the top button undone. it is something of a horse race, this time last week i described it almost as the grand national of political betting. we had so many mps throwing their hat into the ring. and it has actually calmed down a little, we have whittled it down but for context, this time last week, ben wallace was favourite in the betting to replace borisjohnson. 0bviously, favourite in the betting to replace borisjohnson. obviously, never actually forming put his hat in the ring i don't think. as a result, it is currently penny mordaunt that leads the way. she is the first name in the betting to be odds—on, 10—11 odds—on favourite. worth noting she was 20—1 shot at the start of the
year. circumstances have changed somewhat. 0nce year. circumstances have changed somewhat. once upon a, rishi sunak who looks likely to be her closest challenger, to replace boris, i think he was once considered oven—ready replacement but we know what has happened over the last few months. 0bviously following his cabinet resignation last week, that seemed to favour him and his odds. he is currently 7—4. it looks a cut to horse race but liz truss is 9— to how things stand. it's a battle of liz truss and penny mordaunt to make it into the final two with rishi sunak. elizabeth truss as she is styling herself. kemi badenoch is to 5-1, styling herself. kemi badenoch is to 5—1, tom tugendhat, 33—1. when were these compiled because we have had
these compiled because we have had the debate. yes, it's an interesting one. she is not here any more and a lot of people said over the last few weeks it takes suella braverman and boris to run this country and i think a lot of punters back to that. she was 100 to one so in response, the odds are changing all the time or at least wear over the last ten ten days. she was 100—1 and closed at 14-1 ten days. she was 100—1 and closed at 14—1 before she pulled out of the race. in terms of the chasing pack, tom tugendhat is one of the names, there or thereabouts. he was 9—1, he is currently 33—1. that is down to the debates. where these votes are going to come from, we are not expecting them to have a bad time in the debate but i think he is going toe to toe with penny mordaunt�*s votes. the odds suggest it will be the latter that comes down on top. gives an insight into how you compile these. who do you ask, what
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things. the headlines on bbc news... the government will host an emergency cobra meeting later today after the first national heatwave emergency was declared. the race for conservative party leader and next prime minister continues as the five remaining candidates battle it out in the first tv debate. heathrow is pushing ahead with plans to forced airlines to reduce passenger numbers to help the airport cope with staff shortages i don't want to make anyone jealous but it is almost chilly in here. i wonder how it is in the bbc sport centre. a lot cooler than it was at wimbledon. thank you. good afternoon. we start with rugby union and an incredible performance from ireland, who've achieved a historic first series win over new zealand. they held off the all blacks in wellington to win 32—22 asjoe lynskey reports: 0n the other side of the world,
ireland faced down a sport's near impossiblejob. just four away teams ever had won a series in new zealand, and the last was 1994. but in 28 years, few have come at the all blacks quite like this. and over the line! ireland were notjust in front, they were dominant. 22—3 up at half—time, but the all blacks backlash was coming. three second—half tries closed the gap to three points. but still, ireland pushed back and sensed their moment. ulster�*s rob herring just had to reach for it. he got there! can you believe it?! he got there! eight days ago, they had never won on all black soil. now they had wrapped up a series before the whistle. for ireland, it was great to win just once. but to do this here was extraordinary. a great win for ireland, and for england too, who won their deciding test in sydney, in what is only their second series win in australia.
it all came down to a brilliant try from marcus smith, picking up the balljust inside his own half and racing clear, helping england win by 21 points to 17 and the series 2—1. wales are just under way in south africa, where it's 3—0 in their decider, scotland play their deciding test in argentina later. next to day three of the open championship at st andrews. rory mcilroy�*s under way, playing catch up with australia's cameron smith leading the way. 0ur reporter ben croucher is there for us. cameron smith started 3 shots ahead of rory — is that still the case? it is not, cameron smith has bogeyed his first full, the lead is down just one shot over rory mcilroy, the northern irish and starting power, power for his northern irish and starting power, powerfor his third northern irish and starting power, power for his third round today. a lovely approach shot on the shot but
was unable to convert that birdie putt, so a steady start. norrie roy says he has to attack a course like that and has shane lowry has been attacking the course and then some. we were not talking about him at the start of play but he went eagle, eagle, through the turn on the ninth. a driveable par—4. he found the rough from his tee shot but produced a remarkable chip in to the delight of the fans here at the home of golf. then on the very next hole, another short par—ii, found the middle of the fairway and lo and behold did it again. he was tied for third at the masters, the champion has dropped back shot, 8—under par, four shots off the lead. if we take a look at the leaderboard, it is moving day here at the open and we have some movement. dustinjohnson probably movement. dustin johnson probably faring movement. dustinjohnson probably faring the best of those later
starters. he has picked up two shots to sit one shot behind smith on 11—under par. rory mcilroy on 10—under. tommy fleetwood going well, finishing his round on 8—under power, tyrrell hatton who started 8—under has dropped a shot at the 1st hole to slip slightly back. the wind is picking up, it is moving day and expect plenty more over the next three hours or so.— barcelona have reached an agreement with bayern munich to sign striker robert lewandowski, according to the president of the german champions. lewandowski had one year left on his contract, but told bayern he wanted to leave last month. the 33—year—old is their second—highest scorer of all time, with 344 goals in 374 games for the club.
that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. airlines are being forced to either cancel or run fewer flights because of staff shortages at heathrow airport. emirates airlines have agreed to cap sales of their flights out of heathrow until mid—august. a short time ago i spoke to our business correspondent vishala sri—pathma. clearly people have been at home, stuck because of restrictions on airline travel for the last couple of years, this is the first year the airlines have some sort of chance of recuperating some losses they have endured. lots of people are quite eager to go abroad, because restrictions have notjust been here in the uk, but also some of the key holiday destinations, spain for example, a popular place for brits to travel, they have had that meant you cannot necessarily travel there. now that has been lifted. huge surge in demand. unfortunately, airports have not
been able to cope with that demand. heathrow, who we have been hearing from, has said that actually, they have not got the workers on the ground to be able to deal with that influx of passengers and they have spoken to airlines to try to come to an agreement about scaling back capacity. that has not gone down well, has it? a lot of staff were let go, fired, made redundant, during covid and now they need them back again. what are the airlines doing? it varies from brand to brand, i'm sure. emirates have said let's come to an agreement here. we will scale back on some of our flights per day to try and meet you in the middle. they said that actually passengers that have booked for travel can go ahead and still travel as per scheduled, but they will scale back on what they plan to do over the summer. british airways are very
disappointed, they think these demands are not very fair from the airport, from heathrow, and have said they have had to get in touch with passengers and say, can you reschedule your flight? we can offer you a voucher if you need to cancel. etihad, the other middle eastern airline that is quite popular, have refused so far and have not come to agreement and are still operating as per schedule. a lot of discussions still to take place, but there has been a threat hanging over all of this of legal action? that's right. lots of passengers do not know where they stand, airlines don't know what they are going to come to the conclusion of. the boss of heathrow said this morning, just bear with us. let's work together. we will hopefully fix this problem by the end of the summer and so therefore flights can resume their schedules as planned, but for now, we have only got 70 or 75% of the baggage handling, security staff that we need, therefore we have seen lots of scenes across short social across news platforms, of people having to face delays, cancellations, and huge chaos. let's try and avoid those scenes and make make it as smooth as possible.
i'm nowjoined by paul charles who is ceo of travel consultancy firm, the pc agency. thanks very much forjoining us. explain if you would how this capping works. what would it mean in practice once you get on the plane? there are two kinds of capping. first of all, capping flights up until the 25th ofjuly. this means heathrow is saying we are not prepared to accept more than 100,000 passengers through our doors each day and as a result, you, the airlines, have to cancel as many flights as you can to bring down the number of passengers per day. we reached that 100,000, but what is really annoying the airlines is the
plan for after the 25th ofjuly, when heathrow is talking about capping the number of seats on each plane, so they will let the flights take off as planned, which means most people will still get away, but actually, they are asking them to consider capping up to 25% of the seats on each flight and that will annoy many consumers as well as the airlines. it annoy many consumers as well as the airlines. ., ,., ., ,, , _,, airlines. it also makes the cost efficient, less _ airlines. it also makes the cost efficient, less environmentally| efficient, less environmentally friendly. efficient, less environmentally friendl . , , efficient, less environmentally friendl. , , ., friendly. this is something of course i am _ friendly. this is something of course i am grappling - friendly. this is something of course i am grappling with i friendly. this is something of| course i am grappling with -- course i am grappling with —— airlines are grappling with, trying to bring down carbon emissions, but consumers are voting with their feet. this is a peak year, we are seeing record demand post—pandemic for people wanting to fly and we are about to enter the peak of the peak summer season. this is a time when heathrow needs to step up and deliver the service quality that airlines p4 via the passenger fees that are part of our ticket. the environmental issue was very
important, it seems to go out of the window at this time of year. mil of window at this time of year. all of this means _ window at this time of year. all of this means a _ window at this time of year. all of this means a great _ window at this time of year. all of this means a great deal _ window at this time of year. all of this means a great deal of - this means a great deal of uncertaintyjust as we are approaching schools closing. we also already have in some parts of the country, yet more in the coming week. what are passengers meant to do? i week. what are passengers meant to do? ~ ., week. what are passengers meant to do? “ ", , do? i think we may see further cancellations _ do? i think we may see further cancellations caused _ do? i think we may see further cancellations caused by - do? i think we may see further cancellations caused by the - do? i think we may see further| cancellations caused by the hot weather over the coming days, on the edge of their seats should not do anything unless they hear from their airline or their flight has anything unless they hear from their airline or theirflight has been cancelled. some airlines are asking passengers to reconsider their journeys and perhaps book for some time in the future after the summer people if you have already travelled or your flight has been cancelled, you are waiting for your money to come in, your refund from the airline and airlines are overwhelmed at the moment, they cannot cope with the number of refund requests coming in and a lot of people who have been due hundreds, sometimes thousands of
pounds in refunds, are still waiting for that money to come back and it's going to take some time for the airlines to process those. goad going to take some time for the airlines to process those. good to talk to you. _ airlines to process those. good to talk to you, thank _ airlines to process those. good to talk to you, thank you _ airlines to process those. good to talk to you, thank you very - airlines to process those. good to j talk to you, thank you very much, paul charles. the sri lankan parliament has begun the formal process of choosing a new president after mass protests drove gota baya rajapacksa from power. the prime minister, ranil wickremesinghe, has been sworn in as temporary leader and has the backing of the ruling party. protesters have called for his resignation because of his close ties to the rajapacksa family. mps are expected to vote for mr rajapaksa's replacement on wednesday. three people have been killed and 15 others injured in the ukrainian city of dnipro, following a russian missile attack on the country's leading space rocket and satellite factory. ukraine says it needs urgent shipments of long—range artillery and other weapons to slow the advance of russian forces in the east of the country as our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, reports. 0n ukraine's eastern front, they're
about to target russian positions. this time, using american—supplied howitzers and ammunition. ukraine, still vastly outgunned. these help, but they can't hang around. western weapons like this have given ukraine an advantage in terms of accuracy and range, but they've also become high—value targets, with russia trying to hunt them down. they prepare to move out quickly, before they become the target. explosions. go, go, go! well, that's a russian reply coming in just now. they fired their shots and, within minutes, russian artillery were responding, shells landing close to us where we are now.