Melting roads caused by the sudden rise in temperature are creating such a danger that motorists could soon be witnessing a sight that is usually only seen on cold winter days.

When snow and ice threaten to make national highways slippery and dangerous, sandblasters are dispatched to make conditions safer.

But with extreme heat putting the risk of road damage, Hampshire County Council says it is bringing its fleet of sandblasters out of hibernation months earlier than usual.

After waking up from their traditional summer slumber, the bulky yellow cars will sprinkle small grains of sand (instead of the traditional salt) to soak up excess tar and minimize the chance of melting the road surface.

Rare A “severe heat” warning has been issued for the weekend. The Met Bureau said temperatures are likely to rise further in the coming days.

This week, vehicles are likely to target areas with old pavement, rural areas and the south.

Motorists with tar on their tires are advised to wash it off with warm soapy water.

Britain has a proud tradition of naming huge machines, and its fleet of grit blasters is no exception.

However, with many of them christened with whimsical winter-themed names such as David Plowie and License to Chill, their monikers may be a little out of place as temperatures hit 30 degrees across the country.

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A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: “Snow and ice is the last thing on most people’s minds at the moment and I’m sure they’ve been scratching their heads a lot when they see our gritters on the roads in the height of summer.

“However, our crews are once again playing an important role in ensuring the safety of the country’s roads for motorists.

“This proactive work is helping to reduce the potential damage that high temperatures can do to our roads by keeping them safe and limiting disruption.

“Councils will continue to monitor road temperatures and, once the weather cools down, will begin repairs if necessary.”

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