Scorching summer heatwave throws Britain into more chaos

September 04, 2022

The government has convened an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday to prepare contingency plans for the heatwave. It all adds to the chaos in a nation that’s grappling with messy politics and a wilting economy. The heat is set to put added strain on a UK energy system that’s already under pressure from soaring natural gas prices. More and more examples of extremesOn the generation side, the high-pressure system that’s bringing the heat also creates low winds that sap Britain of one of its biggest sources of cheap energy. Indeed, there’s pressure on retailers too, though more to keep the nation in supply of its summer quenchers.