London: UK created an unwanted heat record today. Temperatures crossed 40 degrees in some places today and Tuesday was Britain’s hottest day on record. While wildfires are burning in Portugal, Spain and France due to extreme heat in Europe, in the southern part of England, which is facing unprecedented heat in Britain, there were also forest fires today. In the capital city of London, five houses were burnt due to bush fire.
- Britain recorded its hottest day on record: temperatures reached 40 degrees
- Heathrow airport records afternoon temperature of 40.2 Celsius, fire brigade rushes to London
- At least five people who had to bathe in water bodies to escape the heat drowned
Major fires were reported in the Upminster and Detford areas, while a large fire also broke out in Zennor, Cornwall. Five houses were gutted and nearly destroyed by a bushfire in East London. The London Fire Brigade announced a ‘major incident’ and fire brigade bombs were seen running in many areas.
40.3 degrees in Lincolnshire, with temperatures exceeding 38 degrees in many places
As per the forecast, there was a severe heat wave in Britain today and the temperature exceeded 38 degrees Celsius in many places, which is considered very high temperature. In this too, London’s Heathrow Airport recorded an unprecedented temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.4 Fahrenheit) at 12.50 pm local time. The temperature in Charlwood in Surrey reached 39.1 degrees Celsius earlier in the afternoon, breaking the previous record of 38.7 degrees Celsius recorded here in 2019. While in Cunningsbay, Lincolnshire, the temperature reached 40.3 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.
Schools dismissed, many trains cancelled
The Meteorological Department has also warned that these temperature figures are not final and the temperature may rise further and higher figures may come from other regions at different times of the day. The Meteorological Department predicted a threat to life and as a result millions of people avoided going out for work and possibly worked from home. A holiday was declared in schools again today. On the other hand, due to extreme temperature, railway travel was disrupted today and some trains were canceled and the railways upgraded its travel advisory and issued a no-travel advisory for today. As many as five people are reported to have drowned in different parts of the country after having to swim to escape the heat.