BRITAIN HITS ALL TIME HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 40.2 CELSIUS ON TUESDAY

Jul 19, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Here in Ontario, we’re enduring a heat warning with temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday in the low 30s feeling into the high 30s or low 40s.

19 July 2022, Great Britain, London: Passersby walk towards an LED sign saying “18 -19 July extreme heat only travel if essential”. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa (Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)

But in Britain, the actual temperature Tuesday hit 40.2 degrees at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Britain shattered its record for highest temperature ever registered amid a heat wave that has seized swaths of Europe.

The national weather forecaster predicted it would get hotter still Tuesday in a country ill prepared for such extremes.

The typically temperate nation was just the latest to be walloped by unusually hot, dry weather that has gripped the continent since last week, triggering wildfires from Portugal to the Balkans and leading to hundreds of heat-related deaths.

The U.K. Met Office registered a provisional reading of 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.4 degrees Fahrenheit) at Heathrow Airport. That broke a record set just an hour earlier.

Before Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in Britain was 38.7 C (101.7 F), a record set in 2019.

(The Associated Press)

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