It can get hot in Britain. On 17 July, , most of the country was perspiring in 80F 27C temperatures. It became too hot to work after midday, so the managers of the cotton mills and stone quarries in Clitheroe, Lancashire, decided to shut down in the middle of the afternoon. The managers were delighted that the Daylight Savings Bill had not yet been made law, so they were able to take advantage of the early dawn.
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A heatwave is a period of unusually hot or humid weather that lasts at least two or three days — and remaining hot throughout the nights — that affects large areas. Heatwaves are caused by a system of higher atmospheric pressure, whereby air from upper levels of the atmosphere descends and rotates out. As it descends, it compresses, increasing the temperature. The outward flow, meanwhile, makes it difficult for other systems to enter the area, and the large size and slow speed of the hot air causes the heatwave to remain for days or even weeks.