Met Office reveals UK temperature hits 40C, hottest on record

Less than an hour earlier, the record for the hottest temperature recorded at Charlwood in Surrey was 39.1.

this is that have British temperatures for the first time ever exceeded 40 degrees.

Possible highs of 41 degrees were forecast for Tuesday, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acknowledging that Britain’s transport network cannot cope with the extreme heat and that rail and road problems during such heatwaves will linger for decades to come.

The Met Office tweeted: “For the first time ever, 40 degrees Celsius has been temporarily exceeded in the UK. London Heathrow reported a temperature of 40.2C at 12:50pm today. Temperatures are still rising in many places so remember to stay #WeatherAware.”

As the heatwave continues, Mr Shapps urged people to “use common sense” and “depending on the nature of your trip and the reason for it, you might want to consider redesigning your day around it”.

He told BBC Breakfast: “We have seen a significant number of travel disruptions. Today is likely to be the hottest day ever in Britain and the infrastructure, much of it built in the Victorian era, simply wasn’t designed to withstand that kind of temperature – and it will be many years before we can can replace infrastructure with the kind of infrastructure it could because the temperatures are so extreme.” Met Office reveals UK temperature hits 40C, hottest on record

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