Tarmac on a Doddington road melts in the intense heat

PUBLISHED: 10:55 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 22 July 2016

Wimblington Road, Doddington where the tarmac has melted in patches

Wimblington Road, Doddington where the tarmac has melted in patches


A road in Doddington was among streets across the county where heat wave temperatures melted the tarmac.

Wimblington Road, Doddington where the tarmac has melted in patchesWimblington Road, Doddington where the tarmac has melted in patches

Contractors from Cambridgeshire County Council were out covering the patches with sand and plans are now being put into place to ensure the roads are given a permanent fix.

A spokesman for the county council said: “The intense heat that the country has been facing has affected some roads across Cambridgeshire, including Wimblington Road, Doddington.

“In this case we have sanded it but will also be temporarily repairing the damage that has been caused before fixing permanently.”

Contractors were out on Tuesday evening and were working on it again today (Wednesday 20).

The Met Office said that the hottest day of the year so far has been at Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, where a temperature of 33.5 °C was recorded on Tuesday (19).

The current soaring heat come 40 years after temperatures peaked in one of the UK’s most memorable heat waves, the drought of 1976.

A spokesman said that then: “The spell of hot weather, from mid-June to the end of August included 15 consecutive days where a maximum temperature of 32C or more was recorded somewhere in the UK.

“It was one of the most prolonged heat waves within living memory.”

BBC weather watchers said today (Weds 20) there was a yellow warning for The Midlands, East Anglia and London.

A spokesman said: “Isolated heavy thunderstorms may still develop across Scotland and parts of England, including some central, eastern and southeastern areas, this afternoon and this evening.

“Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding.

“Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards.

“All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible.

“This update excludes areas further west where the thunderstorm risk has now diminished, but increases the extent of the warning area across eastern and southeastern England.”

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