UK registers temperature of 40 C, highest in its history

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Extreme heatwave continues in different French cities

LONDON, July 19: London’s Heathrow Airport reported a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius, the highest in the country’s history, Britain’s weather service said Tuesday. However, the temperature is expected to climb up to 41 C later, it added.

People sit covering their heads from the sun after a scaled down version of the Changing of the Guard ceremony took place outside Buckingham Palace, during hot weather in London, Monday, July 18, 2022. Britain’s first-ever extreme heat warning is in effect for large parts of England as hot, dry weather that has scorched mainland Europe for the past week moves north, disrupting travel, health care and schools. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The alert covers large parts of England on Tuesday, when temperatures may reach 40 degrees for the first time, posing a risk of serious illness and even death among healthy people, the UK Met Office, the country’s weather service said.

“Railway infrastructure, much of which was built from the Victorian times, just wasn’t built to withstand this type of temperature,” Transport minister Grant Shapps said. Earlier, the UK declared a national emergency as it braces for a heatwave after National Severe Weather Warning Service issued its first “red warning”.

Meanwhile extreme heat wave continued across France on Tuesday, especially in the north and east, with temperatures ranging between 37 to 41 Celsius, as wild fires also continue in southwestern France. According to Meteo-France, temperatures will reach 41 C. in Auxerre, 40 C. in Lille, 38 C. in Strasbourg, 38 C. in Lyon and 40 C. in Paris. Temperatures in the south will be less severe but still at a high of 36 C. in Toulouse, 35 C. in Marseille and 32 C. in Nice, it added. French authorities have raised emergency level to the orange level in 70 areas due to the dangers of this heatwave. This is the second heatwave hitting France and Europe within a month, causing wildfires which damaged 19,000 hectares of land up till now.(KUNA)

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