Temperatures have exceeded 40C in numerous parts of Britain, the Met Office has said.
The UK record has been provisionally broken three times so far today, this morning in Charlwood, Surrey, then breaking the big four-o at Heathrow after lunchtime and reaching 40.3C at Coningsby, in Lincolnshire this evening.
As the Met Office advises that the heatwave will require “substantial changes in working practices and daily routines” Suzanne Moore says British people need to start respecting the weather – as these occurrences become less and less rare.
Yet Ross Clark says it is the Met Office’s job to forecast the weather, not to be chief nanny.
Michael Deacon questions whether the heatwave has driven us all mad.
Footage at the weekend of workers painting train tracks white to reflect the heat brought the plight of Britain’s railways into sharp focus.
As temperatures approached 40C, speed restrictions were hastily brought in across the network alongside pleas for commuters to work from home and warnings of cancellations.
For anyone who hoped to venture north from the capital, the situation was even worse, as all locations between London King’s Cross and York and Leeds were closed this afternoon.
As extreme temperatures become increasingly common, transport bosses are confronting a network unable to cope with hot weather.
Oliver Gill analyses why Britain’s rail network just cannot cope in the heat.
As temperatures reached new record highs, it has not been only humans sweltering.
Cat owners have shared their funniest photos of their feline friends struggling with the heat, and they will not disappoint.
One pet resorted to lying limp on a sofa, while another one tried to cool off desperately on top of a freezer. Click through the funniest images.
On a serious note, heatstroke will be affecting many readers and is a serious condition that is commonly caused by hot weather or exercise.
Here are the signs to watch out for – and how to treat the symptoms.
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