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Expert: ‘We need to heat-proof the UK now’

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Another record breaking day for UK temperatures, at the time of recording the Met Office says London Heathrow reported a temperature of 40.2°C - and there’s still time for that to be beaten.

During the extreme heatwave, roads have melted, train lines have buckled and there’s been a big dip in productivity across the country. It’s got many wondering that with the hot weather set to become a more regular thing in London and the rest of the UK, is it time for us to heat-proof our infrastructure?

Professor Hannah Cloke, climate expert and natural hazards researcher at the University of Reading gives her insight.

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