As England bakes in 31°C temperatures, the motorway melts.
PARTS OF THE A38 have melted as a result of the intense heat.
To restore the damage, emergency work has been done out on the A38, which crosses the River Swilgate. The Met Office issued its first-ever “extreme heat” warning for much of Wales, south-west England, and sections of southern and central England on July 19.
The road’s surface dressing degraded due to temperatures as high as 30°C in Tewkesbury.
Over the weekend, the road was coated with fine grit to absorb the surface material that had melted due to the heat.
The highway will be resurfaced using identical material to that used on the area’s roundabouts once the summer is over and the extent of the damage can be adequately examined.
Gloucestershire County Council collaborates with Ringway and Euro Surface Treatments to provide emergency road safety measures.
The contractor will be responsible for the roadworks to correct the surface dressing, according to Gloucestershire Live.
“I would want to thank the public for their tolerance with this road surface during this short heatwave,” Vernon Smith, Conservative Councillor for Tewkesbury East and cabinet member for transportation, told the source.
“I’ve directed officers to collaborate with our contractors to fix the failed surfacing with a high-quality, long-lasting repair.
“There will be no additional expense to taxpayers, and all road users will benefit from a smooth, high-quality surface.”
It comes as the Met Office issues its first National Severe Weather Warning for Extreme Heat, which was originally issued in June of this year.
They issued an amber alert, stating that sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, and weariness) as well as other heat-related ailments are possible.
The warning will be in effect until the end of Thursday, with temperatures in the 30s expected over the south west for the rest of the week.