40.2C Has Been Recorded in the UK Heatwave, Which Is Still Going StrongJuly 19, 2022
As the heat continues to soar, the UK has now recorded a temperature of over 40C (104F).
At 12.50 BST, London Heathrow thermometers read 40.2C, beating a record set just two hours earlier.
As the UK swelters in the rising heat, reports of roads melting and power outages have surfaced.
Over the previous two days, at least five individuals have perished in or near water despite warnings about the hazards.
The World Meteorological Organization has warned that the elderly and vulnerable in the UK and other impacted nations can expect more deaths as a result of the excessive heat, and emergency services are seeing an increase in 999 calls.
In certain areas, temperatures might reach 42 degrees Celsius by the end of the day on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
For the first time ever, the hottest temperature recorded in Wales was recorded at Hawarden in Flintshire on Saturday morning, with a temperature of 36.4C.
Many parts of England’s central, northern, and southern regions are under a red heat warning from the Met Office.
Several power outages have been recorded in Yorkshire, as has a travel advisory from Network Rail and warped road surfaces.
“For meteorologists, beating records by a margin of two or three degrees is an astonishing concept, when traditionally records were rarely beaten by fractions of a degree,” BBC Weather’s Simon King said.
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In the Essex town of Clacton, authorities are hunting for a person they suspect to be missing from the pier.
On the Isle of Wight, a man died after being rescued from the water.
Faults in Yorkshire’s electricity grid were caused by sagging conductors and overheated transformers.
Thameslink, Great Northern, East Midlands, and East Coast trains are severely affected, if not cancelled, as a result of Network Rail’s “do not travel” warning for Tuesday.
Supreme Court sessions have been transferred to the internet, while the British Museum has indicated that it would close one hour early, at 15:00
An region encompassing London, Manchester, and York has been placed under an extraordinary alert, suggesting a danger to life.
For Penzance, Cornwall, where thundery storms have hit and are expected to linger until noon, the forecast was noticeably colder.
By 16:00, however, temperatures in Lincoln, Cambridge, and Huntingdon might reach 40C, and the A1/M1 corridor may be even hotter.
Provisional data from Monday to Tuesday shows that the UK had the hottest night of the year so far.
According to the Met Office, nighttime temperatures of 25.9C were reported at Emley Moor in West Yorkshire, perhaps breaking the record.
Network Rail claimed that the severe heat had a significant impact on rail services on Monday evening, with buckling rails and failed overhead wire systems being recorded. In Suffolk, a new rail temperature record of 62C was set.
The East Coast Mainline and the Midland Mainline were shut down by Network Rail because of record temperatures, according to Jake Kelly, the group director for system operation.
“We don’t take choices like these lightly,” Mr Kelly said on BBC Radio 4’s Today show. Despite the efforts of our engineers, we were forced to close the facility because of the record-breaking heat.
To deal with an ever hotter environment will require “many years” of service modifications, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed the UK train network could not manage the intense heat.
As he explained on BBC Breakfast, the network “cannot handle the heat right now.” Tracks may achieve temperatures of up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) in 40 degree heat, which can lead to buckling and derailing.
For the first time, we’re developing new standards and designing overhead wires that can handle greater temperatures. This is infrastructure that has taken decades to create and some of our railways date back more than 200 years, even with the greatest of intentions.”
As a result of the extreme heat on Monday at Luton Airport and RAF Brize Norton, flights had to be diverted.