Searing temperatures in Britain cause solar panels to shut down

Solar panels in Britain stopped working on Tuesday as temperatures in the country topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The solar panels only generated 2.8 gigawatts of power, compared to the 3.3 gigawatts typically expected at this time of year, The Telegraph reported.

“We never see a peak in production in mid-summer,” said Alastair Buckley, a professor at the University of Sheffield. “We saw cell temperatures of 70 degrees yesterday on our test system. Normally that would be between 40 degrees and 50 degrees.

UK Met Office CEO Penny Endersby issued a ‘Red Extreme’ heat warning on Friday as temperatures across the country hit extreme highs. (RELATED: Wind Power Knocks Out Texas’ Electric Grid When It’s Needed Most)

“Here in the UK, we’re used to treating a hot spell as a chance to go play in the sun,” Endersby said in a video. “It’s not that kind of weather. Our lifestyles and infrastructures are not adapted to what is to come.

The Royal Air Force halted all flights on Monday after one of the force’s largest runways melted as temperatures hit 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Major cities in Texas have also seen record heat this summer, with San Antonio and Austin reporting a record number of 100-degree days in June.