For the first time in many years, the United Kingdom has faced a severe heat wave causing trouble to normal life. On Tuesday, the record for the highest temperature was registered in eastern England at 40.3° C. The highest temperature registered before Tuesday was 38.7° C.
The high temperatures have hindered the normal functioning of the healthcare system, travel, and education. Moreover, London’s Luton airport was also reported to have shut for a couple of hours. Not only that, but major train services were also canceled across England due to the overheating of rail tracks.
While the Met officials are blaming human-induced climate change as a possible reason for the sweltering heat, the fire department is dealing with fire incidents across London.
This includes Wennington, where more than forty properties have been destroyed.
Half of these incidents have been linked to wildfires. The people have been advised to follow safety precautions issued by the fire department. In fact, they have been told not to use barbeque and bonfires as it could lead to fire hazards.
Speaking to BBC, the crew responsible for handling the Wennington wildfire has described it as a scene from a warzone. While sixteen crew members have sustained injuries, there has been no loss of life.
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