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Britain Suffers Through Record Heat in Europe’s Summer of Woe

  • Travelers warned to stay home amid all-time high temperatures
  • Heat and drought are sparking fires, raising food concerns
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Temperatures in Britain surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first-time ever, the latest grim reminder of the unfolding climate crisis in Europe.

London’s Heathrow airport hit 40.2 degrees Celsius at about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Met Office, which warned that temperatures would likely keep rising in many places. Cities and villages around the country are experiencing heat levels that would shatter the previous record of 38.7 degrees set on July 25, 2019.