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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Britain’s hottest night ever, braces for record-breaking heat

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Millions of people in Britain woke up on Tuesday from the country’s hottest night to date and stayed for a day when temperatures are forecast to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as Europe heats up. The wave is heating up a country more. Used for mild weather and rain.

Britain’s Meteorological Office said that provisional data showed for the first time that overnight temperatures in parts of the country were above 25 C (77 F).

Meteorological forecaster Rachel Ayers said Tuesday’s highs would be “unprecedented.”

“Temperatures will be very hot throughout the day, before rising to 40 C, perhaps 41 C in isolated places across England during the afternoon,” she said.

A large part of England, from London in the south to Manchester and Leeds in the north, is subject to the first warnings of the country’s “extreme” heat, meaning even healthy people are at risk of death, because of the hot, dry weather. Mainland Europe, which has been scorched over the past week, has moved north.

Temperatures reached 38.1 C (100.6 F) in Santon Downham in eastern England on Monday, the highest temperature ever recorded in Britain – 38.7 C (101.7 F), a record set in 2019. Tuesday is expected to be warm.

Average July temperatures in the UK range from a daily high of 21 C (70 F) to a nighttime low of 12 C (53 F), and some homes or small businesses have air conditioning.

Many people faced the heat by staying stagnant. Road traffic remained below its normal level on Monday. The handrail used to run at low speed, or not move at all, due to concerns about the buckles. London’s King’s 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’s Luton Airport had to close its runway due to heat damage.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Britain’s transport infrastructure, some of it dating back to Victorian times, “simply was not built to withstand these kinds of temperatures – and it would be many years before we could start the infrastructure.” That kind of infrastructure could change that.”

At least five people are reported to have drowned in an attempt to cool rivers, lakes and reservoirs across the UK.

Climate experts have warned that global warming has increased the frequency of extreme weather events, with studies showing that temperatures in the UK reaching 40 °C (104 F) are now 10 times more likely than in the pre-industrial era. times higher. Droughts and heat waves associated with climate change have also made fighting wildfires difficult.

Warm weather has engulfed southern Europe since last week, with wildfires raging in Spain, Portugal and France. About 600 heat-related deaths have been reported in Spain and Portugal, where temperatures soared to 47 °C (117 °F) last week.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and holiday destinations in the Gironde region of southwest France since a fire broke out in dry pine forests a week ago.

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