Met Office Says Tomorrow Could Be The Hottest Day Ever In Britain
Yes, the Met Office confirmed there's a 60 per cent chance we could reach 39C in some part of the southeast on Thursday, depending on the amount of cloud.
That's half a degree more than the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK.
It's looking likely that we could reach 39°C somewhere in southern and eastern England on Thursday. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.5°C :thermometer:️
There is currently a 60% chance we could break this on Thursday, depending on the amount of cloud pic.twitter.com/n3nSKW3Ey6
- Met Office (@metoffice) July 24, 2019
The record-holding temperature of 38.5C was recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.
Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders of the weather body said: "There is a real possibility of records being broken this week, not only for July but also all-time records.
"The weather setup is broadly similar to the pattern that brought high temperatures to much of continental Europe at the end of June."
He continued: "The difference this time is that the wind flow will be more directly from France, paving the way for some exceptional, perhaps record-breaking temperatures.
"As well as high temperatures during the day, overnight temperatures will also be notably warm and could also break records.
Adding: "Conditions will feel much more comfortable for western parts of the UK by the time we get to Friday."
The UK isn't the only European country to have a record-breaking week. On Tuesday, a temperature of 41.2C was recorded in the city of Bordeaux in south west France, breaking a record of 40.7C recorded in 2003.
Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are also expected to have record-breaking runs this week.
The Met Office called heatwaves "extreme weather events", but research shows that due to climate change, they're likely to become more common, hitting us as much as once every other year.
A study conducted by the weather body into last summer's UK heatwave found that it is now more 30 times more likely to occur now than in the year 1750 because of higher numbers of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere.
It also found that the Earth's surface temperature has risen by 1°C since the pre-industrial period (1850-1900). Woah.
A recent study showed just how hot the world is expected to get with the current rate of climate change, by looking at what the temperature of the world's 520 major cities will look like in 2050 by comparing them with their present-day equivalent.
In the futuristic date, London will feel like Barcelona, Birmingham and Edinburgh will feel like a modern day Paris, while Cardiff and Manchester will feel much like Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.
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