3Charlwood, south London, recorded 9.1 degrees, the Met Office said on Twitter, with temperatures set to continue rising during the day. Temperatures in London will exceed 40 degrees, a first in the country. In the United Kingdom on July 25, 2019, the mercury peaked at 38.7 degrees in Cambridge, east of England.
Train traffic was suspended
Sweltering temperatures brought rail services to a standstill across much of Britain on Tuesday. Rail network manager Network Rail said major routes along England’s east coast and midlands were at a complete standstill. Passengers are encouraged to alter their travel plans.
“We don’t take this decision lightly,” Network Rail manager Jack Kelly told the BBC on Tuesday morning. “Our engineers are working hard to verify that the infrastructure can withstand this record heat, and we have decided that we have no choice but to close it.”.
Pointing the finger at the government
As the country grapples with a heatwave, the British government was accused on Sunday of not taking the heat wave that will hit England on Monday seriously as forecasters predicted more deaths.
Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson missed a crisis meeting in Downing Street on Saturday, busy saying goodbye to friends at his country house in Checkers, northwest London.
On Sunday, his partner, Dominic Raab, seemed delighted that temperatures could top 40 degrees for the first time in England.
“Of course he has some common sense advice – hydrate, stay out of the sun in hot weather and wear sunscreen, that sort of thing,” he told Sky News.
Ambulance services are under strain and schools have already announced closures.The Meteorological Department has attributed the heat wave to global warming.
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