A South Essex man has apparently proven that it’s possible to fry an egg on the bonnet of a car when it’s hot, as the UK experiences extreme temperatures.
The Met Office predicted the country could see highs of 38C today as it issued a rare red heat weather warning, which covers parts of Essex.
Rising temperatures have also forced the UK Health Security Agency to issue a Level 4 health alert, labeled an “emergency”.
Both warnings run from today through Wednesday.
Falling under the red weather alert, Melvyn South, of Wensley Road Benfleet, decided to try a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
In the scorching heat, the 71-year-old cracked an egg on the bonnet of his Land Rover to see if he could answer the age-old question, is it hot enough to fry an egg on a car bonnet?
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Surprisingly the test seemed to work as Melvyn says the egg fried and the yolk got hard.
He added: “I don’t think I would have eaten it because the bonnet wasn’t that clean and it was mostly stuck on but the yolk was hard.”
Temperatures of 30C can make it hot enough to fry an egg on a car bonnet, Jim Dale, meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Service, told Express.co.uk in March.
And scorching temperatures in the 1930s meant South Essex was warmer than some holiday destinations today, including Malaga in Spain (28C), Albufeira in Portugal (28C) and Dakhla, Australia Western Sahara (24°C).
It will be even hotter tomorrow as high temperatures could see parts of the country as hot as 40C, the Met Office predicts.