LONDON (AP) -- Britain's first-ever extreme heat warning is in effect for large parts of England as hot, dry weather that has scorched mainland Europe moves north.

The high heat is disrupting travel, health care and schools. Two airports were forced to close when their runways buckled.

The temperature Monday reached 38.1 C (100.6 F) at Downham in eastern England, just shy of the highest-ever recorded in Britain. That record is 38.7 C (101.7 F), set in 2019.

Wales did set a provisional national record of 37.1 C (95.5 F) at Hawarden.

Britain's red heat alert will last through Tuesday.

The country is not remotely prepared to handle such heat since most homes, schools and small businesses don't have air conditioning.