The Heat Is Actually Melting The Roads In The U.K.
Our roads are taking a lot of heat!— Mayo County Council (@MayoCoCo) June 28, 2018
Designed for lots of rainfall & frost, but unlike the roads on the continent ours aren't designed for this level of constant heat. Gritters are out applying grit where needed. Please travel with care! @thecontel @themayonews @WesternPeople pic.twitter.com/GFMNnNKLmQ
A heatwave has hit the U.K. and Ireland this week which resulted in...melting roads! Locals started taking pictures and posting them to social media as proof as temperatures reached 125 degrees.
In order to provide a temporary solution, authorities planned to spread light-colored sand on the worst-affected stretches to act as both a sunscreen and to help stabilize the liquefying bitumen so drivers had a little help as they drove over.
How does this not happen in places like the Southwest US? Many of the roads in that area don’t use the more expensive high-temperature that is available due to costs and their normally mild climate.