Unless you've been living in captivity over the last few days, you'll be entirely aware that the weather in the UK is absolutely scorching. The earth has cracked open, and the fires of Hell have risen to claim us all. OK, that's dramatic, but either way it is sickeningly warm out there, people.
Turns out that it's not just us mere mortals that the heat is too much for, but the world around us is beginning to give up, as well.
As temperatures are soaring above 30C in parts of the UK, it looks as though the weather is here to stay - which is bad news for people living in a town near Devon, where it's been so hot that the tarmac roads are beginning to melt.
England reported its hottest day of the year on Sunday, as temperatures at Heathrow clocked in at a painful 32.2C.
Meanwhile, in Doddiscombsleigh, near Devon, the heat rose to 31.1C - enough for the roads to begin to bubble and melt.
It's definitely noteworthy when you get to phone the office and tell them you can't come into work because the road is starting to disappear.
Across the UK, temperatures are set to send the mercury soaring to around 30C this week, and Brits are flocking to beaches to enjoy the sunshine.
Either that, or they're heading to the pubs to get some respite from the heat and sink a few pints... you know, to stay hydrated of course.
This all comes as the Met Office has issued the country with a 'severe' weather warning for the first time ever, with an amber warning being issued for many parts of the UK for over the weekend, too.
Not only this, but parts of the country in the warning zone are even expected to see a 'month's worth of rain', following the scorching temperatures seen this week.
The #heatwave continues in many places today with temperatures reaching the low 30s Celsius in some places :warning: :chart_with_upwards_trend:
The Northern Ireland all-time temperature record is likely to be challenged once again :thermometer:️
Here's a look at today's expected maximum #temperatures :point_down:#UKHeatwave pic.twitter.com/ULif8M92Ie
- Met Office (@metoffice) July 22, 2021
Needless to say, if the weather is hot enough to melt the roads then it needs to be taken seriously, and we all need to look after ourselves out there.
Just because Covid restrictions have been lifted, doesn't mean you don't need to make sure you're being safe - so keep drinking (perhaps in the local boozer, who knows?) and be sure to take regular breaks to keep you from being in the sun for too long.
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