So how hot has it been, exactly? Well…
The United Kingdom saw its hottest day on record Tuesday, when temperatures breached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
It’s been so hot that a runway at London Luton Airport on the capital’s outskirts had to be closed off as it melted in the heat.
It’s so hot, a museum roof melted in China
A heat wave has now engulfed half of China, affecting more than 900 million people — or about 64% of the population. All but two northeastern provinces in China have issued high-temperature warnings, with 84 cities issuing their highest-level red alerts last week.
The heat dissolved the underlying tar, causing the traditional Chinese tiles to pop off.
It’s so hot, they’re wrapping a London bridge in foil
The Hammersmith Bridge in London can now be seen with silver foil around it because of the country’s heat wave.
You might wonder why foil, and if that would attract more heat — it’s actually part of a cooling system designed to reflect sunlight and keep the bridge at a moderate temperature so its materials don’t expand and crack.
The council hired world-class engineers to cover the bridge with a “£420,000 ($503,000) temperature control system to keep the bridge at a safe temperature and alleviate any stresses on the pedestals.”
“It effectively acts as a giant air conditioning unit on each of the four pedestal chains,” the council’s release said.
The bridge actually had to close in August 2020 when a heat wave caused “micro-fractures in its cast-iron pedestals.”
It’s so hot, they’ve painted the railroads white in London
Railroads have also been scorched during this heat wave. So much so they’ve painted them white in London.
It’s so hot, pipes are bursting in Texas
The result is “an unusually high number of water main breaks” this summer.
“Through 8 a.m. Monday, Fort Worth Water had 476 main breaks in 2022, with 221 of those in the past 90 days,” a news release from the city read. “The telling number is the 182 in the last 30 days — over 38% of the yearly total.”
These main breaks have created a sort of cocktail of chaos in Fort Worth due to Covid-19 labor shortages, which has created a backlog of leaks and repairs, the release said. And there’s the fact that because of the heat, water use has increased.
“The city is bringing in outside contractors on an emergency basis to assist in these backlogs,” the release said.
CNN’s Angela Dewan, Nectar Gan, Jessie Yeung, Shawn Deng and Ritu Prasad contributed to this report.