The highest recorded temperature in Wales is now 37.1 degrees C, breaking a record set earlier the same day and the previous record set in 1990, according to provisional figures.
Much more of England will also be under heatwave Monday with school closings and runways melting.
A 16-year-old boy drowned in Bray Lake near Maidenhead, Berkshire, but Downing Street said on Monday afternoon that the NHS was “coping well” at the time, with no other heat-related fatalities.
The UK Health Security Agency issued a heat-health alert of level 4 for all areas in England, for the first time ever since the system began to be used. 2004. Also, the Met Office issued Britain’s first extreme heat alert. They will be in effect from Monday through Wednesday.
On Monday afternoon, Wales provisionally recorded its hottest day on record after the temperature reached 35.3 degrees C in Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, breaking the previous record of 35.2 degrees C in Hawarden, Flintshire, on Aug. 2, 1990.
Shortly after, the temperature in Hawarden reached 37.1 degrees C, provisional Met Office figures show.
The temperature must be checked before the record can become valid.
By 3 p.m., the highest recorded temperature in England on Monday was 37.5 degrees C at Kew Gardens in west London. Tuesday is expected to be warmer in some parts of the country, with the potential of reaching over 40 degrees C.
More than 100 schools are fully or partially closed because of the weather, including more than 50 in Buckinghamshire, four in West Berkshire, 17 in Cambridgeshire, and more than 30 in Oxfordshire.
Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said that there is no indication of school closings in mass .”
Speed limitations have been placed on trains to prevent rails from buckling under the heat.
Network Rail, the UK’s public body for railways, said the number of passengers using major stations across Britain on Monday was around 20 percent fewer than a week ago.
Flights at Luton Airport were disrupted due to a runway defect. This was caused by high temperatures.
Sky News stated that Royal Air Force (RAF), had halted all flights from and to Brize Norton, Oxfordshire following the melting runway.
In a statement on Twitter , released by the Ministry of Defence: The RAF stated that “During extreme temperatures flight safety is the RAF’s top priority. So aircraft are using other airfields according to a long-established program. This does not affect RAF operations .”
PA Media was a contributor to this report.
Lily Zhou, a freelance journalist who mainly covers UK news for The Epoch Times.