UK heatwave: Brits face another sizzler as it hits 27C already with 100s of schools closed and thousands to pack beaches | The Sun
BRITS are waking up to another summer sizzler as the mercury hits 27C first-thing this morning – with thousands set to pack parks and beaches.
Commuters are today bracing for more rail chaos and school closures as a red "danger to life" heat warning remains in place until midnight.
Thousands of Brits are expected to work from home again today amid fears rail lines will "buckle" as temperatures soar.
Yesterday, the mercury hit 30C by 10am before peaking at 38.1C in Santon Downham, Suffolk, at 3pm.
And last night was the warmest night in the UK since records began in 1910, as Met Office forecasters recorded highs of 25.9C in Emley Moor, near Huddersfield.
This morning was no different, with the Met Office recording highs of 27C in Burry Port, Wales, by 5am – before the mercury dips tomorrow.
Power cuts were reported in London and several areas in the South East after the Met Office warned that heat-sensitive equipment faces a "high risk of failure" in hot weather.
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On Monday, thousands of Brits made the most of the warmth by packing out beaches and green spaces across the country.
Many skipped work to soak up the sun – before continuing their revelry late into the night.
The heat also melted Luton Airport's runway, sparked grass fires and shut 200 hundred schools – with more closures expected today.
One Aldi supermarket rationed heatwave essentials like water bottles for customers while Brits were urged to look out for elderly residents and vulnerable neighbours.
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Tragically, a man in his 70s last night became the twelfth person to die in the heatwave.
It came after a 14-year-old boy was feared to have drowned after getting into difficulties in the Thames in Richmond, West London.
And cops scrambled to save a 16-year-old boy after he began struggling in Bray Lake, Maidenhead, Berkshire, at around 11.45am.
Rail infrastructure was under exceptional stress on Monday with tracks at risk of melting.
A total of 21 train operators announced slower services to stop tracks buckling – with Network Rail warning commuters that train times could more than double due to speed restrictions.
And the chances of services returning to normal by midweek will depend on any "damage that the weather does to the infrastructure" on Monday and Tuesday, travellers have been told.
Network Rail has issued a "do not travel" warning today to areas that fall within the Met Office's extreme heat warning zone.
No Thameslink or Great Northern services are scheduled to run north from London all day.
And around 220,000 passengers will be hit as all East Coast Main Line services from London King's Cross are called off in the heat.
Forecasters refused to rule out the possibility of another heatwave later this year because of how early it is.
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The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Davies said: “I’ve been doing this job for about 30 years and I’ve never seen the type of charts I’ve seen.
“The speed at which we are seeing this exceptionally high temperature is broadly in line with what we are saying, but the brutality of the heat is astounding."
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