- A temperature of 39.1 degrees was provisionally recorded Tuesday in the UK, the highest ever.
- Europe's record-breaking heat wave has caused raging wildfires and deaths.
- It is another "clear indicator" that human emissions are influencing temperatures, an expert said.
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The UK provisionally recorded its highest ever temperature, 39.1°C, on Tuesday.
It came after weather authorities, the Met Office, issued the nation's first red warning for extreme heat.
The reading was taking in Charlwood, Surrey, before midday, according to the UK's Met Office. Temperatures were forecast to rise further still through Tuesday afternoon. The previous record-high temperature was 38.7°C, recorded in 2019.The record came on the second day of extreme heat.The UK's Met Office said Monday night was the hottest ever night recorded in the UK. It cited a minimum temperature of 25.8°C in Kenly on the outskirts of London, though warned the reading may later be revised.
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Temperatures didn't fall below 25Â°C in places, exceeding the previous highest daily minimum record of 23.9Â°C, recorded in Brighton on 3rd August 1990#heatwave #heatwave2022 pic.twitter.com/kwt1VB07OZ — Met Office (@metoffice) July 19, 2022
"This unprecedented red warning for extreme heat is a wake-up call about the climate emergency," Prof Hannah Cloke, natural hazards researcher at the University of Reading, said in a Monday statement to the UK's Science Media Center.
"Even as a climate scientist who studies this stuff, this is scary. This feels real," she said.
The current heatwave was caused by hot air heading north from Africa, where it broke a slew of local heat records in European countries like France and Spain, and sparked a wave of devastating wildfires.
Zamora, Spain, registered a record 41.8 degrees on Thursday, while two weather stations in Nîmes, France, recorded 40 degrees, the highest record for the city in July, per The Washington Post.
According to the Carlos III Institute, there were 510 heat-related deaths in Spain from July 10 to July 16. There were 659 heat-related deaths were recorded in Portugal over the week of July 11, per Reuters.