Brits could see hottest day ever as heatwave fuels fires across Europe

London – People in the UK have been warned to prepare for what could be the hottest day on record in Britain, with temperatures expected to exceed the 100 degree mark. People in London and much of England were already cooking in temperatures well into the mid-90s before lunchtime on Monday.

Forecasters have warned that some areas could hit 40 degrees Celsius on Monday or Tuesday – a landmark which, at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, is around 30 degrees above typical summer temperatures in the UK.

As CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi reports, the same heat wave is already responsible for the extreme temperatures that are fueling forest fires in other parts of Europe.

Scientists say it’s human-induced climate change it brings more warmth, more often to Europe.

Saberi reports that raging wildfires in southwestern France have already burned around 35,000 acres and forced more than 16,000 people to flee.

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In Spain, where a new national high temperature record was set a few days ago at 117 degrees, the scenes are similarly apocalyptic with fires spreading across the south.

Authorities have already blamed more than 1,000 deaths on the current heatwave in Spain and neighboring Portugal, which remained on high alert on Monday as fires charred land parched by a drought that affected at least 96 % from the country.

Back in the north, expected scorching temperatures prompted Britain’s National Weather Service to issue its first-ever ‘red warning’ for extreme heat, indicating a ‘risk to life’.

Scientists say heat waves have become more frequent, intense and longer lasting.

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“Climate change has everything to do with the extreme weather we’re seeing right now, and it’s human-induced climate change, it’s not a natural variation,” said Kirsty McCabe, a meteorologist at UK’s Royal Meteorological Society, to CBS News. .

When asked if weather like this was likely to become the norm for Britain and its neighbours, she left little room for doubt.

“Unfortunately, yes. That’s exactly where we’re headed right now,” McCabe said, “if we don’t take drastic action, we’ll continue to see these things happen.”

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Eddie, a four-year-old golden retriever, boards a District Line train on the London Underground network, during a heatwave, July 18, 2022.

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The UK is more used to rain and clouds than extreme heat. Most homes don’t have air conditioning, and many schools don’t either, prompting some to cancel classes earlier in the week.

Britons have also been warned not to use the trains unless absolutely necessary. The heat could seal off the tracks, so many scheduled trips have been canceled or delayed in a bid to avoid last-minute cancellations and chaos at sweltering stations across the country.

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