U.K. records its highest-ever temperature

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Britain broke its record for the highest temperature ever recorded, with a temperature of 39.1 °C (102.4 °F) on 19 July.

Important facts

  • The United Kingdom had earlier recorded the highest temperature in 2019 at 38.7 C (101.7 F).

  • This new record has been set in Charleswood, England.

  • For the past week, the highest temperature has been recorded in the whole of Europe due to the scorching heat.

  • "Extreme" heat warnings were issued for London in the south and Manchester and Leeds in the north on 19 July.

  • The "extreme" warning means there is danger to human life.

Effects of Extreme Heat

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), extreme heat can exacerbate respiratory diseases, heart conditions and kidney diseases.

  • Its immediate effects on the human body include dehydration and potentially fatal heat stroke.

  • It can also have serious impacts on agriculture and forests.

  • Due to this the plants wither and dry up and the disease spreads among the plants.

  • It causes forest fires which lead to reduction in forest cover and death of living beings.

Highest Temperature ever on Earth

  • California’s Death Valley registered a temperature of 54.4 degrees Celsius or 129.9 degrees Fahrenheit on August 16, 2020.

  • Once verified, this could be the highest ever recorded temperature on Earth.

  • Temperature is specified as preliminary, not final as it requires verification.

  • Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California.

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