When A Heatwave Hit The U.K. It Revealed Long-lost Ancient Settlements Hidden Beneath The Landscape

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It’s summer 2018, and Britain is in the grip of a searing heatwave. After months of weather that is strikingly hot, the ground is barren and parched. But in the skies above, archaeologists are making some startling revelations about the landscape. These are secrets that have lain hidden for thousands of years.

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Throughout June, July and much of August 2018, Britain basked in record-breaking temperatures, with highs topping 35 °C. In fact, it was the hottest summer ever recorded in England. The average of 17.2 °C beat the previous record set during the famous heatwave of 1976.

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As people across the country enjoyed the long run of warm weather, the tourist industry boomed. But while seaside resorts and outdoor attractions reaped the benefits, the heatwave brought downsides too. For example, the extreme temperatures sparked wildfires in places like Greater Manchester. Hosepipe bans came into force across Northern Ireland too.

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