Britain's Most Extreme Weather

Britain's Most Extreme Weather

Series 1 - Episode 4

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Review

Get ready to sweat and panic, as weatherman Alex Beresford concludes his nerve-jangling series with a look at Britain’s increasing vulnerability to heatwaves. We all enjoy a spot of sun, but these extreme temperatures are highly dangerous. Beresford shows how they can damage crops, shut down transport and give people severe heat exhaustion.

He also explores the dramatic history of some notable heatwaves, including the long hot summer of 1976. People who lived through it still speak of it fondly, but Beresford reminds us that two months of prolonged warm temperatures caused a serious drought at the time. There’s one in the eye for nostalgia.

Summary

Is Britain now hotter than ever? Alex Beresford examines the science and history of the nation's weather to find out. He experiences a simulated heatwave to learn about the dangers of rising temperatures, and looks back at the sweltering summer of 2003 - which killed around 2,000 people in Britain - the severe drought of 1976 and the Edwardian heatwave of 1911, which lasted nearly three months. He also explores how the Earth's alignment changes over time in a series of orbital cycles, and reveals a more pressing factor currently affecting temperatures - CO2 emissions. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alex Beresford
Executive Producer Stuart Carter
Series Director Ben Finney
Series Producer Stephen Marsh
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