Watershed shuts kitchen as it’s ‘too hot for staff’

The kitchen at a popular venue in Bristol has been forced to shut because it’s “too hot for staff”. The action was taken at Watershed on the harbourside today (August 12) as temperatures soared in the city.

Bristolians sizzled in searing heat throughout the day. Temperatures in the city were expected to hit mid-30s today (August 12) as the Met Office’s ‘extreme heat’ weather warning is on its second day.

Watershed, a buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema and cafe bar, revealed on Twitter that it had closed its kitchen early. The rest of the building remains open this evening.

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The Twitter post reads: “Apologies for any inconvenience but our kitchen has had to close early tonight. It has become too hot for our kitchen staff.

“Their wellbeing is our priority. The rest of the building is open as usual.”

There is a chance that temperatures could peak towards the hottest day on record this week, which was recorded last month. On July 18, temperatures hit 35.3C, higher than the last previous hottest day for Bristol and surrounding areas of 34.7C recorded in 2006 – and tomorrow (August 13) BBC Weather is predicting temperatures of 36C for Bristol.

Earlier today, the Government officially declared a drought in parts of England, including a chunk of the South West. Parts of the South West, parts of southern and central England, and the East of England are to be moved into drought status, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

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