Heatwave causing roads to ‘melt like chocolate’

Social media posts from across the nation present roads melting due to the file temperatures. This comes as the intense warmth warning within the UK has been prolonged till Friday, as temperatures hit 32.2C at Heathrow Airport, making it the most popular day of the year.


Somerset Council’s journey Twitter account posted footage of the melting roads, which may trigger points to any automobiles driving on it.

The account defined why the roads had been melting and what they had been doing to keep them for protected driving.

They mentioned: “A sunny day in the 20Cs can be enough to generate 50C on the ground as the dark asphalt road surface absorbs a lot of heat and this builds up during the day with the hottest period between noon and 5pm.

“When this occurs, we send out a team to spread granite dust to absorb the soft bitumen and so stabilise the road surface.

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When driving in hot temperatures, it is important for motorists be aware of melting roads, as they could cause issues with their tyres.

In some instances, the bitumen from the roads have melted around the car tyres, making them unusable.

Vehicle sourcing company All Car Leasing explained that summer tyres would be a better choice this year.

They said: “Summer tyres are made of a harder compound making them be able to handle the heat better and soften much later than normal or winter tyres.

“Summer tyres will last you longer in the heat but are terrible in the snow. Winter tyres right now would be softening much quicker losing inches off their tread day by day.

“Although summer tyres will take longer to soften, they still will get softer especially during the current UK heatwave.

“However, summer tyres will be losing rubber less which means they will keep their tread better. Summer tyres are definitely recommended.”

Residents in areas like Worcestershire and Stoke-on-Trent have additionally complained of highway points within the excessive warmth.

One household in Stoke-on-Trent mentioned their automotive tyre was lined in asphalt making driving tough.

They mentioned it felt like driving with a puncture, with the automotive feeling heavier and worrying that the ability steering had gone.

An analogous incident occurred in Australia in 2018, with automotive tyres melting into the highway amidst temperatures above 40 levels.

Some drivers reported that it felt like the automotive was sinking, making driving unattainable.


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