A seaside restaurant has closed for three days to keep staff safe during this week’s heatwave that has seen temperatures reach 33C.
The owners of The Stone Crab in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales, decided to close after the Met Office issued an Extreme Heat Warning for the first time ever until midnight on Thursday.
The warning covers a large part of Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England.
After the announcement, the owners of The Stone Crab said they had made the difficult decision to close until Friday, Wales Online reports.
They issued a statement on Facebook to explain their decision, saying: “It is with a heavy heart, and with deep thought that we have had to decide to close our doors for the next three days (20th, 21st and 22nd July) due to the high temperature warnings.
“We cannot in good knowledge let our staff continue to suffer in this hot weather, we have already been under significant pressure whilst working due to the heatwave, and the new warnings that have come make it unsafe for our staff to work, let alone the hours that we are all working due to staff shortages in the area.
“Those that’ll have booked with us will be contacted within 24 hours and offered to re-book immediately, although please be patient with us finding you a suitable table as we are already booked up in advance as it is.
“We apologise again for the inconvenience but it is not an option to make our hard working staff suffer.
“It is very unfortunate that this has happened and that it has come to us closing.
“We hope you stay safe and hydrated in the hot weather to come. We hope you all understand.”
It is the first time the warning has been issued since the Met Office said last month that it would launch weather warnings for extreme heat after a record-breaking number of heatwave deaths were recorded in England last summer.
Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said: “The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.
“Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focusses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.
“There’s a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most areas will stay dry until later in the week.
“Temperatures should begin to fall for most areas heading into the weekend, with some more unsettled conditions looking to develop.”