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The day it got so hot, the roads started to melt

Sunseekers frolicking by the sea, workers enjoying glorious lunchbreaks and highways crews attending melting roads – just an average day in South Wales.

As the region basked in temperatures that hit 25C – or 77 Fahrenheit today – road crews were called out to a problem that has been rare in recent waterlogged summers… melting Tarmac.

A Vale of Glamorgan council  spokesman said: “We are more used to dealing with flooded roads or roads that have been blocked by snow, so this is something different.”

The main trouble spot was on the A48 near the Five Mile Lane and gritting lorries were sent out to spread crushed rock dust on melting tar to create non-stick road surfaces.

The main trouble spot was on the A48 near the Five Mile Lane
The main trouble spot was on the A48 near the Five Mile Lane


The spokesman added: “Our highways team are treating the affected roads daily in order to manage the problem.”

The string of hot days is set to continue tomorrow with the mercury expected to hit 29C in South Wales – while as other parts of Britain are expected to top 30C, approaching 90 Fahrenheit.

The Met Office has issued a heat health alert, warning of the likelihood of heatwave conditions, although not in South Wales.

The NHS Choices website warns that temperatures around 30C can have a significant effect on people’s health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

Those attending this weekend’s Food and Drink Festival in Cardiff Bay will need plenty of refreshment.

Those looking to get to the festival by bus are reminded that the Baycar service, which travels between the city centre direct to Cardiff Bay, operates every 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sunday.

Passengers can board at Dumfries Place, Kingsway (adjacent to Cardiff Castle), Westgate Street and St Mary Street. To return, passengers should make their way to the bus stop outside the Wales Millennium Centre.

Gareth Stevens, business development manager at Cardiff Bus, said: “The Food and Drink Festival is always a popular weekend for our passengers, which is why we wanted to ensure they are aware of the route options available to them.”

Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “Many parts of the UK will continue to see very high temperatures over the weekend.

“We are expecting the hottest day of the year on Saturday with temperatures likely to reach over 30C in parts of the south east.”


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