Britain set to endure hottest-ever day in European heatwave

(Reuters News, 25 Jul 2019) High pressure drawing scorching air from the Sahara desert has already broken temperature records for Belgium and the Netherlands and is expected to persist until Friday.

Temperatures in Britain are set to reach their highest-ever levels on Thursday as northern Europe baked in a heatwave for the second time in a month.

The Met Office, Britain's national weather forecaster, said there was a 40% chance that the record of 38.5 degrees Celsius (101.3°F), set in Kent in 2003, will be broken.

By early afternoon the UK record for the month of July, 36.7 C, had been broken when the mercury hit 36.9 C at London's Heathrow airport, it said.

Britons were facing travel disruption, with trains being forced to slow down to prevent tracks buckling in the heat, and health authorities have issued warnings to the vulnerable.

High pressure drawing scorching air from the Sahara desert has already broken temperature records for Belgium and the Netherlands and is expected to persist until Friday.

Climate specialists warned that such heatwaves were becoming more frequent as a result of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions.

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Reuters News, 25 Jul 2019: Britain set to endure hottest-ever day in European heatwave