The Washington Post

British residents endure unusual summer heat wave

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Millions of people in Britain stayed home or looked for shade Monday during the country’s first-ever extreme heat warning, as hot, dry weather from mainland Europe moved north, disrupting travel, health care and schools.

The red heat alert covers a big chunk of England and is due to last through Tuesday, when temperatur­es may reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for the first time, posing a risk of serious illness and even death among healthy people, according to the Met Office, Britain’s meteorolog­ical agency.

The highest temperatur­e recorded in Britain is 101.7 (38.7 C), a record set in 2019. The country isn’t prepared to handle such heat — most homes, schools and small businesses in Britain don’t have air conditioni­ng.

Some schools closed, and others set up wading pools and water sprays to help kids cool off. Most British schools have not yet closed for the summer.

The high temperatur­es are a shock since Britain typically has mild summer weather. The daily high temperatur­e in July is usually about 70 (21) .

 ?? NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTO­CK ?? People play in a fountain in London on Monday. Britain has issued its first-ever extreme-heat warning.
NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTO­CK People play in a fountain in London on Monday. Britain has issued its first-ever extreme-heat warning.

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