Extreme heat wave: fires break out in Britain after temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius

  • Jasmine Anderson and Doug Faulkner
  • BBC News

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Firefighters fight a fire in the town of Winnington on the outskirts of London amid record temperatures

Britain recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time, exacerbating the burning crisis.

The temperature reached 40.3 degrees Celsius in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, while it exceeded 33 degrees Celsius elsewhere in Britain. The highest temperature ever recorded was in 2019, which was 38.7 degrees Celsius.

Several fire services reported major accidents after the fires escalated. A large fire in Winnington, east of the capital, London, also led to the destruction of houses.

Authorities have canceled some rail services due to rail overheating or twisting, and overhead cable failures.

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