LONDON – Britain recorded its hottest day on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in south England, according to provisional data from the Met Office.
Charleswood, Surrey reached new highs on Tuesday morning, surpassing the previous record of 38.7C in 2019, data from the UK Weather Service showed.
It comes as Brits face another day of extreme heat, which is causing widespread disruption and increasing the risk of wildfires.
According to the Met Office, the temperature is forecast to reach 42 degrees Celsius in parts of England by Tuesday afternoon. red extreme heat warning, Health officials urged people to take precautions, including staying indoors and drinking plenty of water.
The country is also on high alert for wildfires, according to the European Forest Fire Information System, with “very extreme danger” in the south-east of England.
Millions of Britons endured the country’s hottest night ever on Monday, with temperatures hovering above 25C, surpassing the previous night’s record of 23.9C recorded in Brighton in 1990.
It came after a day of extreme heat on Monday, during which Suffolk in the east of England reached a high of 38.1C – just short of the UK record.
Many parts of Europe and North Africa are also currently experiencing extreme temperatures, with wildfires raging in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Morocco.
Water companies in the south of England reported “Extraordinary” surge in demand Due to the weather, which he said could also be low pressure or disrupted supply.
Rising temperatures brought travel chaos for commuters and holidaymakers as hundreds of services came to a standstill.
Runways at both London’s Luton Airport and RAF Breeze Norton in Oxfordshire were affected by the heat, causing aircraft to be diverted and flights cancelled.
Meanwhile, rail services were severely affected, with buckle rails reported and overhead wire systems failing. In some areas, there were cancellations and speed limits of 20 mph.
Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC the country’s rail network could not cope with the scorching heat, and that it would take “many years to upgrade services to help combat extreme temperatures.”
He told the BBC, “We are building new specifications, creating overhead lines that can withstand high temperatures. But with the best of will in the world, this is infrastructure that has taken decades to build, Some of our railways are going back 200 years.” Tuesday
This comes as heatwaves become more common and severe due to human-induced climate change. Indeed, the UK Met Office has said that extreme temperatures in the country are 10 times more likely to be caused by climate change.
The average world temperature is only 1C. has increased more than from their pre-industrial levels, and are CO2 emissions are set to rise from 2.4C to 4C by the end of the century, based on global efforts to cut emissions.
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