We’re hearing that some may not be getting their normal collections over the next couple of days, while we’ve not spotted any updates on courier sites, a Royal Mail weather warning has been issued.
Royal Mail weather warning
The Met Office has issued an extreme heat red weather warning for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July. Whilst we will do everything we can to keep services running during this exceptional weather, there may be areas where there is some disruption to service.
In areas where temperatures rise to potentially dangerous levels during the day, our staff have been advised to return to the office with any mail they have been unable to deliver and not put themselves under any risk of falling ill due to the extreme heat. The safety of our staff is paramount during this time. Thank you for your understanding.– Royal Mail
What the Royal Mail weather warning hasn’t done is put any parameters around when they may or may not be working, but we hear from a source that the magic number is 35 degrees C. Managers are reported to be checking Met Office reports on an hourly basis to ensure they can keep staff updated.
We’re also hearing that the main Royal Mail collections hub in Chelmsford may be closed until 8pm when work will resume. We’ve not been able to verify this, but it would be no surprise to hear that some buildings, especially when located in the hottest areas of the country, have work suspended to protect staff.
Hopefully, disruption to collections will be kept to a minimum as ecommerce retailers will be eager to get their parcels from the weekend’s sales today. But don’t be surprised if you get a call from your collection manager informing you that nothing is going to move today.