The United Kingdom records the highest temperature ever at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Heatwaves left Heathrow Airpot in west London in scorching conditions and fueled fierce wildlife and taxed emergency services by recording the UK’s warmest night with 40.2C.
The last all-time high temperature recorded in the UK was 38.7C in Cambridge 2019. The Met Office meteorology agency said, “For the first time ever 40 Celsius has provisionally been exceeded in the UK with the temperature still climbing in many places”.
According to the Met Office, the heatwave will cause temperatures to rise and worsen more frequently in the coming years. As a result of the high temperatures, England has been placed on red alert for extreme heat. Some rail lines have been closed from Kings Cross Station as a precaution and some schools have been closed. Grant Shapps, Transport Minister, acknowledged that roads and runways are melting, and rails are buckled as a result.
In 15 departments, weather officials raised their highest level of red alert. According to the European Commission, 46 percent of EU territory is suffering from drought warning levels. The drought was already negatively affecting crops. Eleven percent of the crop was at an alert level.