UK heatwave officially hottest in 125,000 years -even pre-Flinstone era

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A roasting August is on its way as the country’s weather is officially labelled the hottest for 125,000 years – since before the Flintstones' era.

Temperatures are the warmest since before the Stone Age’s Fred, Barney and Wilma lived in Bedrock, and even before Ice Age’s mammoth Manny, sloth Sid and squirrel Scrat lived.

It comes after record UK temperatures this week, and with super swelters predicted for the school holidays.

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Experts at the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say our climate is the warmest since before the last Ice Age when Britain was as hot as Africa and home to elephants and hippos – both found in fossils in Devon.

The IPCC said: “Temperatures of the most recent decade exceed those of the most recent warm period 6,500 years ago, with the next most recent warm period about 125,000 years ago.”

Journal Scientific American said: “Earth’s global surface temperature hasn’t been witnessed since before the last Ice Age, some 125,000 years ago.”

More Spanish heat is set to return to fry us. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures are climbing again to the high 20s this weekend, with hints of a warming trend again next weekend.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Proper heat certainly isn’t over for this summer. It’s a promising outlook for the school holidays.”

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John Hammond of weather trending said: “Another rise in temperatures is expected in strong late July sunshine and there’s nervousness that extreme heat may return. The heat coming back at short notice from the continent is an ever-present threat.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “Very warm, perhaps hot, the weather is forecast in the South-East into August, while temperatures further into August may be hot in the South-East.”

The Stone Age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make tools with an edge or a point. The period lasted for roughly 3.4 million years, and ended between 4,000 BCE and 2,000 BCE, with the advent of metalworking.

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