Record heatwave takes a toll on Britain’s rail system

Britain is under a state of national emergency due to unprecedented temperatures. The country recorded its highest temperature ever this week at 104 degrees and it does not look to be cooling down anytime soon.

Train routes have been canceled across the country as the rail cannot handle the triple digits. Network Rail shared these pictures on Twitter of large bends and kinks in rail tracks due to the temperatures. They say the railways are made to handle about 80 degrees, which is the “mean” summer rail temperature for the area.

There have been other reports of widespread wildfires overtaking forests and dry fields.

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