26 July 19
From The Guardian UK: Here’s a summary of the day’s developments:
* Records were broken for the second day running, with Paris recording its hottest day ever at 42.6C. The extreme temperatures follow a similar heatwave last month that made it the hottest June on record.
* Experts at the Met Office say the current weather pattern is driving hot air from the south, but there is “no doubt” climate change is playing a role. Scientists have warned that the climate crisis is making summer heatwaves five times more likely and significantly more intense.
* The UK has seen its hottest July day and second hottest day on record as the mercury hit 38.1C, the Met Office said.
* The sweltering heat sparked travel chaos across the UK, with many operators urging passengers not to travel as services are delayed and cancelled.
* A yellow warning for thunderstorms has been issued for most of England except the South West, and parts of Scotland until 4am on Friday.
SEA LIFE Aquarium in Blackpool has had to cool the sea water for the first time in 30 years
Aquarists at SEA LIFE Blackpool are having to run the water through a cooler because it’s too warm. The aquarium, which leads a ‘breed, rescue, protect’ campaign, supports rare and endangered creatures, such as sharks, stingrays, seahorses and turtles.
Matthew Titherington, general manager of SEA LIFE Blackpool, said: “We draw water for the displays directly from the Irish Sea, which is just across the Promenade. Sometimes we have to heat it slightly to get the right temperature, especially in winter.
“We’ve never before had to cool it. It’s really important that the water we draw is at exactly the right temperature when it enters the displays.”
Two young adults and a child had to be rescued from the sea off Lincolnshire after drifting away from the shore on inflatables. Skegness RNLI launched the lifeboat off the town’s busy central beach to rescue two people on a small inflatable dingy, some 600 metres from the shore. Once the lifeboat arrived alongside the dinghy the passengers were visibly shaken and suffering from early signs of shock.
As the volunteer crew were returning to the lifeboat station at Skegness, they had to rescue a young boy on another inflatable, 200 metres offshore.
Commuters have been warned to not travel as soaring temperatures cause disruption to some services. The rising temperatures caused damage to overhead electric wires between London St Pancras and Luton, blocking all lines.
Belgium, Netherlands and Germany join Paris in experiencing their hottest day ever, amid climate crisis concerns and health warnings as Europe swelters