The United Kingdom made meteorological history on Tuesday when temperatures in some places topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time ever recorded in the United Kingdom. This occurred on the same day that a second consecutive day of record-setting heat gripped parts of Europe.
As a result of the hot and dry weather, which put a burden on emergency services and brought suffering to places that were not used to such scorching summers, fires broke out in France, Spain, and even parts of London. However, by tonight in Britain, thunderstorms had begun to bring some relief, and it was anticipated that Wednesday’s temperatures would be far lower than they were today.
The thermometer in Surrey, United Kingdom, recorded a provisional reading of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the morning, which is the highest level that has ever been recorded in the United Kingdom. However, it was a day of scorching milestones in Britain. In the morning, the thermometer in Surrey recorded the highest level ever recorded in the United Kingdom. This record was surpassed around two hours later when the Met Office, which is Britain’s official meteorological office, reported that the preliminary temperature at Heathrow Airport had reached 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.4 Fahrenheit). If the report is accurate, this would be the first time that the temperature in Britain has been recorded as being higher than 40 degrees Celsius.
At the afternoon, a temperature of 40.3 degrees was recorded in Coningsby, which is located in eastern England. This figure was a new high point. The Met Office said that at least 34 locations broke the previous record for the UK, which stood at 38.7 degrees.
Firefighters in France and Spain have been working to contain wildfires that have destroyed large areas of woodland and brush and, in some areas, necessitated the evacuation of residents. On Tuesday, more than 2,000 firefighters were battling a fire in the southwest that has driven 37,000 people out of their homes this week. The fire is the result of a wildfire that began on Sunday.
In Britain, the government asked individuals to continue working from home, which was a demand that many people responded to on Tuesday. However, the government also urged schools to remain open, which was a request that some school districts disregarded on Monday by sending kids home.
This encompasses a significant portion of the nation, ranging from London in the north to Manchester and York in the south. A number of different railway companies announced their intention to terminate all of their service north of the city.
Trains are especially susceptible to the effects of excessive heat because the infrastructure, which consists of tracks and overhead wires, was not designed to withstand very high temperatures. Those who are still competing are required to adhere to certain speed limits. Some of the services provided by the London Underground, which for the most part does not have air conditioning, have also been halted.
In the midst of all of the oppressive heat, there was the promise of relief: meteorologists predicted that temperatures would drop to the low 80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius) by Wednesday.