August 15, 2022

The United Kingdom breaks the record for the highest temperature as the temperature increases

The United Kingdom breaks the record for the highest temperature as the temperature increases

Britain broke its record for the highest temperature ever recorded on Tuesday, with a provisional reading of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the country’s Met Office – and only the temperature was expected to rise.

Britain’s previously recorded highest temperature was 38.7 degrees Celsius (101.7 Fahrenheit), a record set in 2019. On Tuesday, the record was set in Charleswood, England.

“Temperatures are likely to rise further during the day,” the forecaster said.

Tuesday’s spike came as heat raged in the country sending mainland Europe ablaze for the past week. Travel, healthcare and schools have been disrupted in a country unprepared for such extreme conditions.

Much of England, from London in the south to Manchester and Leeds in the north, remained under the country’s first warning of “extreme” heat on Tuesday, meaning there was a risk of death even for healthy people.

Britain’s Supreme Court has closed its doors to visitors after an air conditioner problem forced it to move hearings online. The British Museum planned to close early. Many public buildings, including hospitals, do not have air conditioning, a reflection of how unusually intense heat can be in a country notorious for rain and mild temperatures.

Unusually hot and dry weather swept across vast swathes of the continent Since last week, wildfires have spread from Portugal to the Balkans and led to hundreds of heat-related deaths. Pictures of flames racing towards a French beach And the British are very hot – Even at the seashore – it prompted home concerns about climate change.

The Met Office of the United Kingdom’s Met Office also reported that provisional figures showed the temperature remained above 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) overnight in parts of the country for the first time.

Many people dealt with the heat wave by staying put. Road traffic was lower than usual levels on Monday. The trains were running at low speed for fear that the rails would deflate or not run at all. London’s Kings Cross station, one of the country’s busiest rail hubs, was empty on Tuesday, with no trains on the busy East Coast line connecting the capital to the north and Scotland. London Luton Airport had to close its runway due to heat damage.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Britain’s transport infrastructure, some of which dates back to the Victorian era, “wasn’t just built to withstand these kinds of temperatures – and it will take many years before we can replace infrastructure with the kind of infrastructure that can.” .”

Across the UK, at least five people were reported to have drowned in rivers, lakes and reservoirs while trying to calm down.

Climate experts warn that global warming has increased the frequency of extreme weather events, with studies showing that the probability of UK temperatures reaching 40°C (104°F) is now 10 times higher than in the pre-industrial era. Droughts and heat waves associated with climate change have also made it more difficult to fight forest fires.

The dangers of extreme heat in southern Europe were shown. At least 748 heat-related deaths were reported in the heatwave in Spain and neighboring Portugal, where temperatures reached 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) earlier this month.

In the Gironde region of southwestern France, fierce wildfires continued to spread through dry pine forests, thwarting firefighting efforts by more than 2,000 firefighters and water-bombing aircraft.

Gironde authorities said more than 37,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and summer vacation spots since the fires broke out on July 12, burning 190 square kilometers (more than 70 square miles) of forest and vegetation.

A third, smaller fire broke out late Monday in the Medoc wine region north of Bordeaux, raising taxes on firefighting resources. Five campgrounds in the Atlantic Coast beach area caught fire as fires raged around the Arcachon Marine Basin, famous for its oysters and resorts.

But weather forecasts offered some solace, with temperatures expected to drop in a heat wave along the Atlantic coast Tuesday and rain likely late in the day.

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Author John Lister of The Associated Press in Le Bec, France contributed to this story.

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