Weather forecasters in the UK say the country will burning and extremely hot this week in a heatwave that could set a new record for the hottest day.
Temperatures will peak on Thursday, when the mercury could reach 39 Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit), according to the UK’s national weather service, the Met Office.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.5 C (101.3 F), recorded in Faversham, southeast England, on August 2003, according to the Met Office.
Predictions of the hottest day on record in the UK come as British academics call for heatwaves to be given names, to ensure the associated dangers are conveyed clearly to the public.
“The Met Office must do more to warn people about the dangers of heatwaves and should give names to heatwaves the way it does for winter storms,” the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science said Tuesday.