Britain was being figuratively cooked as heat temperatures rose to record levels on Tuesday.
Britain made record as temperatures in some locations above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time ever measured in the United Kingdom, as Europe endured a second consecutive day of record-setting heat.
The Met Office said that a new provisional record temperature of 40.3C (104.5F) was recorded at Coningsby, central England, with 34 locations throughout the UK above the previous 2019 high of 38.7C.
France, Spain, and even parts of London were ravaged by fires as hot, dry conditions overwhelmed emergency services and wreaked havoc on countries unused to such torrid summers.
Stephen Belcher of the Met Office stated that he had never anticipated such high temperatures in Britain throughout his career.
"Research undertaken at the Met Office has shown that it is nearly impossible for the United Kingdom to reach 40 degrees Celsius in a climate with no disruptions, but climate change driven by greenhouse gases has made these extreme temperatures conceivable," he said.
The most recent heatwave is attributed to climate change, and experts predict the frequency of extreme weather will only increase in the coming decades.
The increased temperature have prompted an unusual red notice for excessive heat in most of England and Wales, where some rail lines and schools have been suspended as a precaution.
Scientists are particularly concerned that intense heatwaves in Europe are occurring faster than predicted by models, indicating that the climate catastrophe on the European continent may be considerably more severe than anticipated.
In the United Kingdom, heatwaves have caused an average of 2,000 deaths each year over the past decade, as well as major disruptions to work, schools, and transport.
The latest record, according to experts, demonstrates that reducing carbon emissions and fast modernizing the UK's overheated homes and buildings is more important than ever.
Commuter trains on main lines from London across the east and west coasts of the country were canceled, power companies reported widespread disruptions, and normally bustling city centers appeared to be deserted.
Firefighters in the southwest of France were still battling to contain two large fires that had wreaked significant destruction and displaced tens of thousands of people.
The two fires that have consumed about 17,000 hectares of woodland so far are being fought by roughly 1,700 firemen from around the nation, aided by substantial aviation assets.