People turn out to watch the sunrise at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside. Britons are set to melt on the hottest UK day on record as temperatures are predicted to hit 40C. Picture date: Tuesday July 19, 2022.
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LONDON — Britain recorded its hottest-ever day Tuesday, with temperatures hitting a high of 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the east of England, as London’s fire service tackled several blazes across the capital.
The provisional figures from the U.K.’s weather service showed Coningsby, Lincolnshire, hit the new high Tuesday afternoon, surpassing two new records set earlier in the day.
Temperatures in Charlwood, Surrey, hit 39.1C late Tuesday morning before Heathrow, near London, surged to 40.2C early afternoon.
The country’s previous hottest temperature was 38.7C, recorded in Cambridge in 2019.
It comes as Brits face the…