10 things you need to know today: July 20, 2022

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1. Heat wave hits U.K. with its hottest day ever

A heat wave ravaging Europe brought temperatures of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit to the United Kingdom, shattering the country's record for its highest temperature ever registered. Before Tuesday, Britain's record high was 101.7 degrees, set in 2019. The heat wave has fueled wildfires from Portugal to the Balkans, and caused hundreds of heat-related deaths. Stephen Belcher, the chief scientist at Britain's Met Office weather agency, said such extreme temperatures would be "virtually impossible" without climate change, and he warned that similar heat waves could hit Europe every three years without big carbon-emission cuts. Many homes and businesses in normally cool Britain lack air conditioning, so the heat has disrupted travel, health care, and schools.

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