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U.K. Lifts Bar for Heatwaves After Global Temperatures Soar

Holidaymakers in Great Yarmouth, U.K.
Holidaymakers in Great Yarmouth, U.K.Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Rising temperatures caused by climate change have forced the U.K.’s weather agency to raise the threshold for what counts as a heatwave.

The government-backed Meteorological Office currently uses historical weather records from 1981 to 2010 to define a heatwave. That threshold is met when a target temperature is recorded for at least three consecutive days.