Runway At UK’s Largest Air Base “Melted” In Heatwave

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Runway At UK’s Largest Air Base “Melted” In Heatwave

Update (1118ET): SKY News reports the runway at the largest U.K. air base “melted” Monday due to scorching temperatures.  

Military sources told Sky News security and defense editor, Deborah Haynes, that the runway at the Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire was shuttered because the “runway melted” as temperatures neared 100°F (37.78°C). 

Contingency plans have been implemented to ensure there is no impact on military operations, a second RAF source said. 

The second source confirmed that the runway had been affected by the heat but did not say it had physically melted. 

Runways can be deemed unsafe to use when the tarmac becomes sticky under the sun. -SKY News’ Haynes

Most Britons don’t have air conditioners. People are panic searching “best portable air conditioner” on the internet.  

Sky’s Chris England warns that Tuesday will be even hotter, with 106°F (41°C) possible in the eastern part of the country. 

As for tonight, MET expects record-breaking night-time temperatures — it’s going to be a hellacious next couple of days. 

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A dangerous heatwave that has sparked wildfires across southwest Europe is set to push the mercury to new records in the U.K. and France early this week.

The U.K. Met Office forecasts 104°F (40°C) temperatures could be recorded Monday. The prior record stands at 101.66°F (38.7°C), set in 2019. Britain declared a widespread “red” heat warning days ago for the first time in history. 

The top ten hottest days in the UK have been recorded in the last three decades.

Extreme heat is disrupting travel across the U.K. Temporary speed restrictions were placed across London’s tube system, with transportation officials worried hot rails could buckle. 

Rufus Cameron, 26, told NYTimes that he’s headed for his parent’s house in southern England because “his flat is hot, outside it’s hot, it’s all a bit much.”

“In England, we have no idea how to deal with this kind of heat,” Cameron said, adding he’s worried about potential delays to the national rail system because of speed restrictions. 

“But what can we do with the infrastructure that we have in England,” he added. “It’s not built for this.” 

A recent report via Britain’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy found only 5% of homes in England have air conditioning units installed. With temperatures expected to hit records today, this could increase the risks of elevated heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and exhaustion. 

The heat wave is also proving disruptive to French utility Electricite de France SA’s nuclear power generation, which could have widespread effects across European power markets. 

… and more bad news for power markets. 

Extreme heat can be deadly. More than 1,000 heat-related deaths have been reported in Spain and Portugal in recent days. 

The heatwave is the second to scorch parts of southwest Europe this month. The latest developed in northwest Africa, producing a heat dome and an area of low pressure west of Iberia, feeding heat into the continent. 

Tyler Durden
Mon, 07/18/2022 – 11:18

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