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UK Temperatures Reach Highest on Record, Met Office Says

  • Temperature at London Heathrow hit 40.2°C, Met Office says
  • Heat waves are more common and extreme with climate change
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Temperatures in the UK rose above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time as a potentially deadly heat wave nears a peak on Tuesday.

The temperature at London’s Heathrow Airport hit 40.2°C at about 12:50 p.m., according to a provisional recording published by the UK’s Met Office. Temperatures across England are breaking the previous record of 38.7°C set at the Cambridge Botanic Garden in 2019.