UK Weather – Roads are melting ‘like chocolate’ and train lines warp in extreme heat as Brits face another 30 ° C surge today
The BRITS face ANOTHER scorching day with temperatures reaching 30C once again – after thunderstorms swept across the country yesterday.
Recent high temperatures have “melted like chocolate” roads, with councils across the country carrying out emergency repairs to heat-damaged surfaces.
Massive hailstones swept through parts of the country on Tuesday evening, but failed to breach the scorching summer heat.
Mercury will rise to 30 ° C today – with the possibility of peaking at 33 ° C by Friday.
Ice cream aisles in supermarkets across the country have been ransacked and left empty by Britons desperate to cool off in the heat.
But the glorious weather took a turn in eastern England as heavy rains and hail fell and flooded several roads – with scattered storms expected to return today.
Frigid weather sent hail the size of “golf balls” crashing down in a thunderstorm in Leciester – seeing smashed car windows and dented vehicles “minutes” after locals bask in the sun.
Today, the Met Office said the south and west of England would be hit by another 30C burn, as things cool down a bit in the east.
An orange extreme heat warning remains in place for central and southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland as bookies cut odds to just 10/11 this being the month hottest July on record.
Internet TVWednesday’s forecast indicates that “low clouds are to be expected over eastern Scotland and near the northeast coast of England.”
“High clouds will also move across southwestern Britain.
“Otherwise, it will be another hot and generally dry and sunny day, with temperatures peaking at 25-29C and peaking at 30-32C locally in the southwest.
“Scattered thunderstorms will break out again, the most likely locations being the South East and also the North West of England.”
In Gloucestershire, emergency maintenance had to be carried out yesterday as part of the A38 was deemed unsafe due to the scorching heat.
Somerset County Council said: “Think of asphalt like chocolate – it melts and softens when it’s hot and becomes hard and brittle when it’s cold.
“As a result, it doesn’t retain the same strength all year round.
Gravel was poured over the molten tar to solidify it and reattach it to the surfaces.
Meanwhile, at Freebridge Close, drivers complained about the tarmac encrusted on their wheels.
And the heat proved too hot for the country’s trains, with dozens of passengers delayed.
Some train speeds have been halved due to the risk of lines buckling under the effect of the heat.
London Northwestern reduced speeds on its main line from London Euston, Chiltern Railways also being affected on the London Marylebone line to Oxford, and Northern Rail struck between Hull and Bridlington, East Yorks.
Network Rail said: “The rails expand as they get hotter. Speed restrictions mean weaker forces on the tracks, reducing the chance of buckling. “
And the heatwave could veer planes out of approved airspaces due to GPS malfunctions.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “Tablets and cellphones can overheat and turn off in hot weather.
“We have recently seen an increase in airspace violations caused by overheating devices used as moving maps in GA aircraft.”
The British were stunned when ice fell from the sky last night in the middle of a balmy week.
And now, the Met Office’s amber extreme heat warning is expected to last until Friday, with mercury expected to rise to as high as 33C in parts of the country.
Rescue teams have echoed warnings about the dangers of open water swimming after 12 people have now drowned during the heatwave.
Public Health England extended its heat and health warning until Friday, which warns people to take action to stay cool and watch out for vulnerable people.
“Some delays in road, rail and air transport are possible, with the potential for welfare problems for those who experience prolonged delays,” the Met Office said.
It comes after Britain baked on the hottest day of the year as temperatures soared to 32C on Monday – before thunderstorms hit the country and even ruined cars.
The Met Office yesterday issued four weather warnings for storms as well as extreme heat alerts as temperatures soared to 32.2C at Heathrow Airport.
In Kibworth, Leicester, large hailstones damaged outdoor furniture and even smashed car windshields as stormy weather hit the area.
Twitter users posted images and videos of ruined pipes and damaged cars, as well as hailstones the size of large logs.
Heavy rains and hail were also reported in Essex and Kent, amid a lightning storm in the region.
Giant hailstones were spotted in Essex on Monday afternoon as storms hit residents, saying the hail was “the size of logs”.
The previous record for the year was 31.6 ° C, which was also recorded at Heathrow on Sunday.
And Monday kicked off this week’s four-day heat wave of 31C in London, with many areas warmer than Ibiza.
Some places even recorded conditions warmer than 29C in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
And in the following days, the mercury is expected to rise by one degree or more.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are expected to peak at around 32 ° C (89.6 ° F), even reaching 33 ° C (91.4 ° F) in isolated areas of southern l ‘England, so very hot for many.
“Even the coolest areas will see temperatures in the twenties while other places could see thunderstorms.”
The new extreme heat warning was introduced on June 1 to highlight the dangers heat waves pose to health, infrastructure and other services.
Fears of a deadly heat wave were stoked after figures from Public Health England showed an additional 2,256 UK deaths were recorded during heat waves in 2020 – the highest since records began .
Bookies have lowered the odds of UK temperatures hitting a whopping 35C this week.
As the heatwave continues, Ladbrokes has reduced the odds to just 3/1 that the thermometer will hit 35C anywhere in the UK before the end of the week.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Freedom Day coupled with the heat wave will certainly see many workers pulling sick this week, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see temperatures rise above 35C. “