(LONDON) Britain’s Met Office on Friday issued a “severe heat” red warning for the UK for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, with maximum temperatures expected to exceed the 40 degree Celsius limit.
“Unusual and potentially record-breaking temperatures are expected early next week,” the British Met Office’s chief meteorologist, Paul Gunderson, said in a statement.
“Currently, there is a 50% chance that we will see a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and an 80% chance that we will reach a new peak,” he added.
The highest recorded temperature in England was 38.7°C and was recorded at Cambridge Botanic Gardens (East England) on July 25, 2019.
“Exceptionally warm” nights are also expected, especially in urban areas.
T saids Nikos Christidis, a climate scientist at the Met Office, stressed that “global warming is already affecting the potential for warming in the country: the risks of reaching 40 degrees Celsius” could be 10 times higher in the current climate than under natural conditions. “The weather is not affected,” he said. Human influence.
“The frequency, duration and intensity of these events over the past few decades are clearly related to global warming and can be attributed to human activity,” the Met Office notes.
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