A NEW record has been set for the hottest nighttime temperature ever recorded.
According to preliminary figures from the Met Office, temperatures in some areas of the UK did not drop below 25C, surpassing the previous high of 23.9C.
This previous record was documented more than 30 years ago on August 3, 1990 in Brighton.
Last night’s highest low temperatures were 24.5C in Aberporth, Wales, 25.8C in Kenley, south London and 25.9C in Emley Moor, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
People are bracing for what could be the hottest day on record in the UK as temperatures are expected to hit 40C amid mounting travel chaos.
It comes after mercury peaked at 38.1C on Monday in Santon Downham, Suffolk, making it the hottest day of the year and the third warmest day on record, after 38.7C in Cambridge in 2019 and 38.5°C in Faversham, Kent in August 2003.
The mercury will sizzle at possible highs of 41C in remote areas on Tuesday, making the country hotter than Jamaica, the Maldives and Barbados – warning rail users of delays, cancellations and changes in train services.
Rachel Ayers, a Met Office forecaster, said: “It will remain very warm overnight so expect a difficult night of sleep.
“Tomorrow then we have a fairly unprecedented day, the temperature will be very hot throughout the day before rising to 40C, maybe even 41C in isolated spots across England in the afternoon.
“This will be the hottest day on record and the first time we’re seeing temperatures up to 40C.”
Most rail routes in England and Wales will be affected by the hot weather, according to National Rail on Tuesday, with customers being urged not to travel unless “absolutely necessary”.
Network Rail said: “Due to the unprecedented record heat these days there will be delays, cancellations and last minute changes to train services.”
Ms Ayers added: “There will likely be delays on roads with road closures, as well as potential train delays and cancellations, and possible problems with air travel.
“This could pose a significant health risk to those stranded on services or roads during the heat.”
Southern, South Eastern, South Western Railway and Great Western Railway are among dozens of rail companies offering significantly restricted services nationwide.
The RAC calculated that the number of vehicle breakdowns could be up to a fifth higher than normal.
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