UK was on course for its warmest day on record, and firemen fought blazes throughout southern Europe as a heatwave drove people seeking shade and heightened concerns about climate change.

A wildfire consumed a digger in the northern town of Tabara in Spain, forcing the driver to flee for his life as flames burnt the clothes from his back. more info

Authorities said there were some indications that conditions were beginning to relax throughout that nation and some other regions of southern Europe after days of searing highs that had caused hundreds of fatalities and left the landscape dangerously parched.

However, the warmth was spreading north. Temperatures in southern England reached 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday and were expected to reach a record-breaking 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday, according to the British Meteorological Office. more info

Train companies canceled services, and some schools shuttered, while ministers advised the people to remain at home and the government declared a “national emergency”

Flights were halted at Luton Airport when a “runway defect” was discovered. According to Sky News, the runway at the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton air station has melted due to the hot weather. 

Electric fans, hoses, air conditioning units, and sprinklers are selling well, according to merchants. 

“We hoped we wouldn’t get to this situation but for the first time ever we are forecasting greater than 40C in the UK,” said Dr. Nikos Christidis, a climate attribution expert at the Met Office.

“Climate change has already influenced the likelihood of temperature extremes in the UK. The chances of seeing 40C days in the UK could be as much as 10 times more likely in the current climate than under a natural climate unaffected by human influence,” he said.

Source: Reuters

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