Britain’s record temperature of 40.3, which caused a huge spike in fires on Tuesday, is the focus of today’s newspapers.
Climate scientists call the historical temperature measurement a “wake-up call”. The guard‘s Splash, in which experts calculate that “close to 1,000 people are likely to die as a result of the current heatwave.”
“The Day Britain Burned,” explained The Independent, with an image of houses completely ablaze. The newspaper adds that 22 forest fires broke out in a few hours yesterday.
metro, The sunthe daily mirrorand the I bear similar scenes of houses engulfed in flames, accompanied by appropriate headlines: ‘Burning Hot Britain’, ‘Hellfire’, ‘Britain On Fire’ and ‘Tinderbox UK Catches On Fire At Record Temperature Of 40.3C’.
‘Britain ignites as temperature breaks 40 degrees for first time’ The Daily Telegraph Adds that a wildfire operations specialist told the newspaper that the current severity of fires across the country is “rare or possibly unprecedented” and that climate change means these conditions are becoming “increasingly common”.
Elsewhere, the Daily expressthe Daily Mail and The times continue to cover and report on the Tory leadership race Liz Truss is increasingly confident of hitting Penny Mordaunt in the race for the final two after dashing within range of her rival.
That Daily Starmeanwhile, compares Brits’ lack of sleep due to the sweltering hot nights to “zombies”.
And the financial times The Bank of England Governor writes that a half-point rate hike is “on the table” to bring the UK’s 40-year high inflation rate back to the central bank’s target of 2%.