The UK issued a red “extreme heat” warning on Friday for the first time since Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures expected to exceed records or exceed the 40C mark.
“Exceptional, potentially record-breaking, temperatures are in store for early next week,” Paul Gunderson, chief meteorologist at Britain’s Met Office, said in a statement.
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“Currently there is a 50% chance of seeing the temperature reach 40°C and an 80% chance of reaching a new maximum temperature,” he added.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom is 38.7 °C, which was recorded on July 25, 2019 at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge (East of England).
“Unusually warm” nights are also expected, especially in urban areas.
“We hoped not to get to this situation, but for the first time we have predicted that the UK will exceed 40 °C,” said Met Office climatologist Dr. Nikos Christidis, “A warming climate is already affecting the possibility. Extreme temperatures in the country: the risk of reaching 40 ° C “human The current climate may be 10 times higher than in a natural climate unaffected by the impact”.
“The frequency, duration and intensity of these events in recent decades are clearly linked to global warming and can be attributed to human activity,” the Met Office points out.