The outbreak of hundreds of fires amid the new record temperature of 40.3C on Tuesday has been labelled as the new normal for the UK as Britain expects more heatwaves in the coming years.
Firefighters have warned the public that wildfires will likely break out every three years as they said the destruction of homes should be a ‘wake-up call’ to the country.
Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said Monday and Tuesday were a ‘game changer’ and explained that fires are spreading quicker than ever before due to high temperatures.
As temperatures climbed above 40C for the first time ever on Tuesday, major fire incidents were declared in , Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire amid the tinder-dry conditions.
London had its busiest day since the Second World War when bombs rained down on the capital city as record temperatures led to hundreds of fires across the capital, with the service taking 2,670 calls.
There were no deaths but 63 homes from Wennington and Dagenham to Norfolk and Barnsley were destroyed leaving villages ‘looking like warzones’.
The news comes as the alert for wildfires still remains ‘very high’ in parts of Scotland, the east and south, until tomorrow with residents being urged by the fire service on Twitter ‘to exercise the utmost caution’.
While there were reports of continued wildfires just outside of Ipswich in Suffolk and Sheffield, South Yorkshire yesterday as some blazes were seen.
SHEFFIELD: In this aerial view Firefighters contain a wildfire that encroached on nearby homes in the Shiregreen area on Wednesday
SHEFFIELD: Multiple fires have continued to break out across the UK during this week as Britain battles wildfires
SNETTISHAM: Wildfire damage on the ground at Wild Ken Hill, Link Alternatif OKEPLAY777 which undoubtedly killed much wildlife as the fire quickly spread on the West Norfolk coastline
WENNINGTON: Burnout building are seen in the village after wildfires caused by heatwave destroyed homes
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