Extreme temperatures have turned Broadstone Road (UK) into a sticky, blackened color when the heat causes the asphalt to melt.
Videos posted on social media show cars going through Broadstone Road as if going through a puddle. But this is not water, but molten asphalt. The videographer describes his legs getting stuck while walking on the road, while the plastic also clings to the tires, making it harder for cars to move.
Metro site quoted a witness there: “It was like it had just rained and the cars were going through the puddle.”
Broadstone Road in Greater Manchester recorded a record high of 34.3 degrees Celsius on July 18, beating the previous record of 33.9 degrees Celsius on July 25, 2019. By July 19, the temperature spiked to 38 degrees Celsius and even the all-time highest temperature records in the UK were surpassed.
According to the Road Surface Treatment Association (RSTA), under the influence of the sun, sugar can be as hot as 50 degrees Celsius and at this temperature, they begin to become softer. Cause and effect sugar absorbs heat and accumulates over the course of a day. When the temperature rises too high, RSTA will even research a way to grind the sugars to prevent them from melting.
Speaking last week, Howard Robinson, chief executive officer of RSTA, said:
“Drivers may be surprised to see rubble appear in the summer while they are usually sprinkled with gravel and salt in the winter. However, this is only a way to keep the road surface safe under prolonged extreme high temperatures. Asphalt is a bit like chocolate, it melts and softens when hot, hard and brittle when cold, but does not maintain the same temperature throughout the year.
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