ششششششوب انجلترا تشهد أشد موجة حارة منذ 9 سنوات

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2017.11.22 16:29

 

تشهد انجلترا أشد موجة حارة منذ تسع سنوات وسط تحذيرات من السلطات بتجنب التعرض للشمس.

وقالت الأرصاد الجوية إنه تم تسجيل درجة حرارة 34.5 مئوية في نورثولت شمال غربي لندن، وهي أعلى درجة حرارة تسجل في بريطانيا منذ عام 2006.

وأصدرت السلطات الصحية تحذيرات من "موجة حر" في كل بقاع انجلترا.

ولكن في اسكتلندا حذرت الأرصاد الجوية من عواصف رعدية وسيول ومن تساقط البرد.

واصدرت السلطات الصحية في انجلترا توصيات بتجنب الشمس منذ الساعة 11 إلى الساعة 15 بتوقيت بريطانيا الصيفي.

واصدرت توصيات لمشاهدي التنس في بطولة ويمبلدون، الذين غطوا رؤوسهم بالمظلات والصحف والمناشف، بأن يعتمروا قبعات.

حاول جمهور ويمبلدون الاحتماء من ارتفاع درجات الحرارة

وأغلق سقف سنتر كورت، الملعب الرئيسي في ويمبلدون، لحماية أرضية الملعب من الحرارة.

وأصدرت شبكة السكك الحديدة تعليمات لشركات تشغيل القطارات بالإبطاء في بعض المناطق التي قد تتعرض فيها القضبان لأضرار بفعل الحرارة.

كما أصدرت ايضا توصيات للأطفال وكبار السن والمصابين بأمراض خطيرة بالبقاء في الظل وارتداء ملابس فضفاضة وشرب الكثير من الماء.

وألغت بعض المدارس أنشطتها الرياضية، تجنبا لأي تأثير محتمل للشمس والحرارة.

أصدرت ايضا توصيات للأطفال بشرب كميات كبيرة من المياه

Britain wilts on the hottest July day EVER: Wimbledon ball boy and a soldier guarding Prince Charles collapse in 98F heat as millions face nightmare journey home on pizza oven trains and buses 

  • Temperatures have reached record-breaking 36C today making it hottest July 1 ever and hottest day in 12 years
  • But Britons are struggling in stifling heat and officials are urging people to stay indoors during peak sun hours 
  • Spectators treated for heat exhaustion at hottest-ever Wimbledon and play stopped after ball boy fainted on court
  • Commuters blasted pizza oven temperatures in London while explosives lorry catches fire on M1 in Derbyshire
  • Do you have weather photos? Please email your pictures from across the UK today to: pictures@mailonline.co.uk

Wimbledon fans suffered heat exhaustion and commuters struggled with pizza oven trains today as Britain baked on its hottest July day on record.

Temperatures hit a sweltering 36.7C (98F) at London Heathrow Airport by 3.30pm, making it the warmest day in the country for 12 years.

But there was concern among health officials that the young children, pregnant women and the elderly could be at risk from the heatwave.

Public Health England told people to stay out of the sun when it was at its fiercest in the afternoon, as Britain became hotter than Barcelona and Athens.

Play had to be stopped at Wimbledon after a ball boy fainted in the heat, while other spectators were also spotted being treated by paramedics. 

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Overheating: One ball boy fainted on the court at Wimbledon today, stopping play for a short time, due to the extremely hot conditions

Overheating: One ball boy fainted on the court at Wimbledon today, stopping play for a short time, due to the extremely hot conditions

Concern: A spectator is treated by a medic after falling ill in the heat during the Wimbledon Championships at the south-west London club

Concern: A spectator is treated by a medic after falling ill in the heat during the Wimbledon Championships at the south-west London club

Taking care: One woman was offered a bottle of water and helped to sit down after suffering in the heat at the Wimbledon Championships

Taking care: One woman was offered a bottle of water and helped to sit down after suffering in the heat at the Wimbledon Championships

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland cools down with an icebag during her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London
A Tennis fan uses her ticket to shelter her nose from the sun

Cover: Belinda Bencic of Switzerland cools down with an ice bag at her match (left), while a fan uses her ticket to shelter her nose (right)

Too hot: Paramedics are treating those suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion as they queue to gain entry to day three today

Too hot: Paramedics are treating those suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion as they queue to gain entry to day three today

The ball boy, who collapsed on Court 17 during a match between Australian Matthew Ebden and American John Isner, was taken to hospital.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club said he was sitting up, talking and feeling better - but had gone to hospital as a precaution.

Elsewhere, a soldier also fainted as he guarded the Prince of Wales paying tribute to Second World War heroes who helped prepare for D-Day

 

The soldier, from the Royal Artillery based at Thorney Island, fell onto the shingle beach on Hayling Island seafront in Hampshire.

It happened during the service attended by Prince Charles to commemorate the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (Copp) memorial.

Todays extreme heat meant female players at Wimbledon could take advantage of a rule that has been described by some as sexist.

It allows women to take a 10-minute break during matches if the heat stress index reaches 30.1C (86.18F). 

Hats on: Spectators relax on Murray Mount during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Hats on: Spectators relax on Murray Mount during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Beer in hand: A spectator covers himself with a towel as he watches Australias Matthew Ebden play against US player John Isner today

Beer in hand: A spectator covers himself with a towel as he watches Australias Matthew Ebden play against US player John Isner today

Lying down: Spectators relax on Murray Mount during day three of the Wimbledon Championships in south-west London today

Lying down: Spectators relax on Murray Mount during day three of the Wimbledon Championships in south-west London today

Good coverage: Tennis spectators trying to keep cool on the warmest day of the year at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Good coverage: Tennis spectators trying to keep cool on the warmest day of the year at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Keeping her cool: Maria Sharapova of Russia cools down with an ice pack inbetween games against Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands

Keeping her cool: Maria Sharapova of Russia cools down with an ice pack inbetween games against Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands

Three-hour wait: A lorry containing explosive materials caught fire today near Junction 29 of the M1 near Chesterfield

Three-hour wait: A lorry containing explosive materials caught fire today near Junction 29 of the M1 near Chesterfield

Scorched: Drivers left their vehicles during a three-hour wait on the M1 between J28 and J29 today as temperatures hit the mid-30s

Scorched: Drivers left their vehicles during a three-hour wait on the M1 between J28 and J29 today as temperatures hit the mid-30s

Waiting to board: Food and water is given to truck drivers as hundreds of trucks are parked on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent

Waiting to board: Food and water is given to truck drivers as hundreds of trucks are parked on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent

A soldier is treated after he fainted in the heat in Hampshire
The soldier guarded the Prince of Wales, Patron of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties Memorial Fund (COPP) who attended a memorial dedicated to COPP heroes during a visit to Hayling Island in Hampshire

Helped out: A soldier fainted while he guarded the Prince of Wales who attended a memorial at Hayling Island in Hampshire today

On the floor: The soldier was guarding the Prince of Wales paying tribute to Second World War heroes who helped prepare for D-Day

On the floor: The soldier was guarding the Prince of Wales paying tribute to Second World War heroes who helped prepare for D-Day

Andy Murrays mother Judy called for the heat rule to be allowed for men as she handed out coffees to people queuing before the gates opened.

The 55-year-old tennis coach said: For the men working across the best of five sets its incredibly physically and mentally draining.

‘So I think the men should take advantage of it as well.

Officials were again forced to limit the number of fans coming into the All England Club.

And the Centre Court roof was closed before play started to protect the surface from the heat.

More than 50 paramedics spent the day treating spectators who fell ill while sitting in the direct sunlight to watch the matches.

The London Ambulance Service saw call-outs to people fainting increase by more than a third (35 per cent) compared to the same day last week.

A spokesman also confirmed that there was a 28 per cent hike in the number of calls it had received over the same period.

Busy: Commuters are facing a nightmare journey home from Manchester after trains were delayed and cancelled on the hottest day of 2015

Busy: Commuters are facing a nightmare journey home from Manchester after trains were delayed and cancelled on the hottest day of 2015

Stifling heat: Fiona Parker holds a thermometer at Leicester Square station reading 36.9C as commuters complain about the conditions

Stifling heat: Fiona Parker holds a thermometer at Leicester Square station reading 36.9C as commuters complain about the conditions

Too hot to travel: Commuter Paul Harson shows how temperatures hit a staggering 32.8C at an Oxford Circus platform at lunchtime today 

Too hot to travel: Commuter Paul Harson shows how temperatures hit a staggering 32.8C at an Oxford Circus platform at lunchtime today 

Trying to cool down? Commuters are facing suffocating conditions on Londons transport system with thermometers recording temperatures of 38C on buses in the capital and 34C (93F) on the Central Tube line last night - above the  legal limit for transporting cattle

Trying to cool down? Commuters are facing suffocating conditions on Londons transport system with thermometers recording temperatures of 38C on buses in the capital and 34C (93F) on the Central Tube line last night - above the legal limit for transporting cattle

Too hot: Cipriali Zsraga, 23, a bartender from Italy, described London buses as hotter than a pizza oven and said she was melting

Too hot: Cipriali Zsraga, 23, a bartender from Italy, described London buses as hotter than a pizza oven and said she was melting

Fan me: A commuter uses a fan to cool down on the underground as the capital swelters in some of the hottest weather for a decade

Fan me: A commuter uses a fan to cool down on the underground as the capital swelters in some of the hottest weather for a decade

Congested: The mercury barely dropped in England and Wales overnight making sleeping a misery for thousands and forecasters said temperatures would continue to rise even further today - bringing further misery to commuters who are struggling in the hot conditions

Congested: The mercury barely dropped in England and Wales overnight making sleeping a misery for thousands and forecasters said temperatures would continue to rise even further today - bringing further misery to commuters who are struggling in the hot conditions

Sweaty: Commuters appeared hot and bothered as they made their way to work in London this morning as temperatures hit 29C by 9am

Sweaty: Commuters appeared hot and bothered as they made their way to work in London this morning as temperatures hit 29C by 9am

Unbearable: Commuters looked in discomfort as they faced difficult conditions on the Tube with thermometers hitting 34C on some lines
Commuters and tourists struggle with the intense heat on the London Underground today

Unbearable: Commuters looked in discomfort as they faced difficult conditions on the Tube with thermometers hitting 34C on some lines

Struggling: Workers at steel factory Forgemasters in Sheffield faced tough conditions today as the outside temperatures of up to 36C meant temperatures in the factory even higher than usual. Workers tried to cool down with water and rest breaks during their shifts

Struggling: Workers at steel factory Forgemasters in Sheffield faced tough conditions today as the outside temperatures of up to 36C meant temperatures in the factory even higher than usual. Workers tried to cool down with water and rest breaks during their shifts

While those in the capital sweltered in the heat, schoolchildren elsewhere in the country also suffered in the humid conditions. 

Stanford Junior School in Brighton, East Sussex, cancelled its annual sports day for Year Three due to the heatwave, amid fears it was too hot.

Guilsborough School in Northamptonshire was also forced to close after a burst water main cut of supplies, meaning children could not drink water.

Staff said they were unable to supply the 1,300 pupils with enough bottled water and took a decision to shut the school for health and safety reasons.

Elsewhere, fire crews in Milton Keynes rescued two children locked inside a vehicle in a car park after their parents accidentally locked them inside.

The children were trapped during the hottest part of the day but were fortunately uninjured after firemen helped to free them from the hot car. 

Meanwhile, thousands of bottles of water were given out to 2,300 lorry drivers stranded in Kent by strike chaos in Calais.

French ferry workers shut the Eurotunnel causing chaos for the second time in a fortnight and hundreds of HGV drivers were stuck on the M20.

Police launched Operation Stack as the lorries backed up along a ten-mile stretch of the motorway to the Channel ports. 

Storage: Chilled food is removed from the shelves at Waitrose in Cheltenham after the refrigeration units failed to keep it cold enough

Storage: Chilled food is removed from the shelves at Waitrose in Cheltenham after the refrigeration units failed to keep it cold enough

Talk about a contrast! Snow tops the mountains in Loch Morlich  near Aviemore, while sunbathers lap up the scorching sun on the beach

Talk about a contrast! Snow tops the mountains in Loch Morlich near Aviemore, while sunbathers lap up the scorching sun on the beach

Catching some rays: Two women lap up the sunshine on the hottest day in 12 years at a pebbly Folkestone beach in Kent this afternoon

Catching some rays: Two women lap up the sunshine on the hottest day in 12 years at a pebbly Folkestone beach in Kent this afternoon

From one extreme to another: Forecasters warn the temperatures could reach a record-breaking 36C (97F) in Britain as hot air from the Continent continues to bring stifling conditions
However, a weather warning is in place for the north of England as the heat will trigger thunderstorms and hail showers from 4pm today

From one extreme to another: Forecasters warn the temperatures could reach a record-breaking 36C (97F) in Britain as hot air from the Continent continues to bring stifling conditions. However, a weather warning is in place for the north as the heat will trigger thunderstorms

STAY OUT OF THE SUN BETWEEN 11AM AND 3PM: PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND ISSUES ADVICE FOR EXTREME HEAT

The soaring temperatures could pose a risk to health, increasing the risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Children, young babies and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

Public Health England has issued the following advice on how people can stay safe in the high temperatures:

  • Try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
  • Protect against sunburn and use on sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection to prevent damage to your eyes.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat to keep cool.
  • Quench a thirst and drink plenty of cold fluids. If you feel dizzy or develop a headache try and rehydrate, using rehydration sachets from a pharmacy if necessary.
  • Do not do too much exercise - use the hot weather as an excuse to take a day off.
  • Never leave anyone or an animal in a closed, parked car.
  • Keep your house airy - close curtains when the sun is shining and open windows during cooler parts of the day and at night. Turning off non-essential lights and electrical items will also help lower the temperature.
  • Muslims observing Ramadan should take extra care and drink plenty of water between fasts.
  • St John Ambulance advises anyone who feels unwell during the hot weather to get somewhere cool and rehydrated as soon as possible, and see a doctor if this does not help. 

Kent County Council provided 2,000 bottles of water and 750 snack meals to drivers yesterday and a further 5,000 bottles and 200 meals today.

Death: Matt Dunnett, a 22-year-old DJ from Ipswich, Suffolk, jumped off a bridge into Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone 

Death: Matt Dunnett, a 22-year-old DJ from Ipswich, Suffolk, jumped off a bridge into Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone 

Tesco also donated bottled water to the Road Hauliers Association and continues to hand it out to lorry drivers trapped over a 10-mile stretch.

The Red Cross has three voluntary sector vehicles stationed just off the motorway to deliver tea, coffee and snacks to the drivers who are keeping themselves busy by playing football between the standstill traffic.

Port of Dover officials admitted today that they had no idea when the industrial action - the second strike by ferry workers in a week - would end.

Dover Coastguard watch officer Tracy Hawke-Treneer said: We are currently helping Kent Police to distribute food and water.

As an emergency service we have the capability to respond to major incidents when needed, however this does not impact on our maritime search and rescue response capabilities. 

It came as motoring group AA warned roads had started to melt in the heat, with surface temperatures hitting the mid-40Cs.

A spokesman said: The AA are receiving anecdotal reports from patrols that show that in places the road surface is softening, but there are no widespread problems at the moment. 

But if this continues we could start to see that. There was a man who put the stand down on his motorbike and it sank into the tarmac. 

The roads are soft in places. We have been very, very busy today. 

There was further misery for motorists battling the heat as a stretch of the M1 in Derbyshire was closed after an HGV lorry carrying explosives caught fire at around 1pm. 

Pictures showed the lorry engulfed in flames as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene. The motorway was closed in both directions between junctions 28 and 29 and drivers were told to take alternative routes.

DON YOUR FESTIVE JUMPERS! CHRISTMAS DAY TV SPECIALS TO BE FILMED ON HOTTEST DAY OF THE DECADE

Audience members have been asked to wear festive jumpers to the screening of the All Star Mr and Mrs Christmas Special which will be filmed tonight. Pictured: The shows previous Christmas show

Audience members have been asked to wear festive jumpers to the screening of the All Star Mr and Mrs Christmas Special which will be filmed tonight. Pictured: The shows previous Christmas show

Despite today being the hottest day in the last decade, the Christmas special of a popular television show is to be filmed in the UK this evening.

Audience members have been asked to wear festive woolly jumpers for the seasonal episode of the game show All Star Mr & Mrs.

Producers at ITVs London Studios in Waterloo will create a yuletide scene - likely to feature a giant illuminated Christmas tree - in contrast to the heatwave outside.

Fans of the show face sweltering outside in the usual queues for TV recordings.

Audience service Applause Store asked ticket holders to don your Christmas jumpers and head on down to The South Bank.

The company promised some very special celebrity guests and added: BTW - Wed love to see all our audience in seasonal attire!

The game show is hosted by Phillip Schofield with the upcoming series due to feature Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley, TV couple Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace-Mistry, X Factor star Rylan Clarke, The Wanteds Tom Parker and Superbike champion Carl Fogarty.

Applause Stores promise of its Christmas! prompted a bemused response on Facebook.

Debbie Macdonald wrote: Haha its sweltering!!!. ITV refused to comment.

Crikey: A burst pipe is believed to have been caused by the heat in Merton, south London today, which saw homes covered in water

Crikey: A burst pipe is believed to have been caused by the heat in Merton, south London today, which saw homes covered in water

Helping out: British Coastguard teams have been giving water to lorry drivers stuck in huge tailbacks on the M20 in Kent this morning

Helping out: British Coastguard teams have been giving water to lorry drivers stuck in huge tailbacks on the M20 in Kent this morning

Killing time: Lorry drivers play football among the parked vehicles as lengthy queues continue on the M20 in Ashford, Kent, today

Killing time: Lorry drivers play football among the parked vehicles as lengthy queues continue on the M20 in Ashford, Kent, today

It came after commuters urged authorities to install air-conditioning on all London Tubes after complaining trains were as hot as pizza ovens.

Passengers complained they were melting on the underground as thermometers recorded temperatures of 38C on buses in the capital and 34C (93F) on the Central Tube line - above the 30C (86F) legal limit for transporting cattle. 

Temperatures hit a sweltering 33C on Oxford Circus platforms as parched passengers crammed on and off the trains this lunchtime.

Busy city workers compared themselves to overheating animals and made last minute drink plans in an effort to avoid the inevitable rush hour.

While incoming tubes provided a welcome breeze, passengers looked cramped and uncomfortable as they packed onto trains with other sweaty Londoners.

Paul Harson, 35, from Morden, south London, who works in finance said: Its very, very hot. If we were animals we wouldnt be allowed to travel in these temperatures.

Meanwhile Karen Stimpson, 52, an IT programme manager, also from Morden, said: Im planning to make sure I go for a drink after work so that I can avoid travelling during rush hour. 

Craig Minton, a 26-year-old media worker, of Finsbury Park, north London, was travelling on the Piccadilly line between Earls Court and Kings Cross.

He said: It felt like I was going to pass out.

Meanwhile Marc Rumci-Umger, 31, of Hither Green, south-east London, said: Its more like being in a sauna.

It prompted Transport for London to admit there was still work to do in providing all lines with air-conditioned trains.

David Waboso, Capital Programmes Director at London Underground, urged passengers to keep hydrated when travelling across the capital.

He said: During this weeks hot weather we will be reminding customers of the following advice to make their journeys more comfortable - carry water with you, dont board a train or bus if you feel unwell and, if you feel unwell please get off at the next stop.

We are making real headway towards cooling the Tube. By the end of 2016, 40 per cent of the network will be served by air conditioned trains.

However there is still work to do. 

Living the dream: People flocked to Portishead Open Air Pool near Bristol to take a dip and cool off on the hottest day of the year so far

Living the dream: People flocked to Portishead Open Air Pool near Bristol to take a dip and cool off on the hottest day of the year so far

Play-time: Two girls jumped into the cool waters at Portishead Open Air Pool as temperatures hit 33C by midday and continue to rise

Play-time: Two girls jumped into the cool waters at Portishead Open Air Pool as temperatures hit 33C by midday and continue to rise

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Sun-seekers made the most of the heat by flocking to parks, beaches and outdoor pools including at Portishead

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Sun-seekers made the most of the heat by flocking to parks, beaches and outdoor pools including at Portishead

Beach day! Families up and down the country flocked to beaches to make the most of the sun including at West Wittering, near Chichester

Beach day! Families up and down the country flocked to beaches to make the most of the sun including at West Wittering, near Chichester

Scorching: People make the most of the sunny weather with a trip to Bournemouth Beach as the mercury continues to rise towards 36C

Scorching: People make the most of the sunny weather with a trip to Bournemouth Beach as the mercury continues to rise towards 36C

Here come the girls! A group of friends make their way to the beach in Bournemouth for a second consecutive day of sizzling temperatures

Here come the girls! A group of friends make their way to the beach in Bournemouth for a second consecutive day of sizzling temperatures

Relaxing with a good book: Megan Wickins enjoys the weather with some strawberries and an interesting read at West Wittering Beach

Relaxing with a good book: Megan Wickins enjoys the weather with some strawberries and an interesting read at West Wittering Beach

One man has already died in the sweltering heat with police confirming a body was pulled from Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone, Suffolk, last night.

The 22-year-old, who has been named locally as Matt Dunnett from Ipswich, Suffolk, had jumped off a bridge into the reservoir. 

When his three friends, believed to be two men and one woman, didnt see him surface again they called emergency services.

Up to 30 people helped to search for him, but his body was found about three metres below the water surface at 9.50pm.

Anglian Water said the man should not have been swimming in the water at the time as bathing is only permitted during supervised events.

A sign at the reservoir reads: No bathing. No paddling. No launching of boats or rafts. 

One of Mr Dunnetts friends, Darren Parker, 26, said he watched as the talented DJ who had a heart of gold as he jumped from the bridge.

He said: I went under the water but its black underneath there I couldnt see anything and there was nothing we could do.

We started screaming to phone 999 as that was our priority. 

It is devastating for us.

Close friend Joanna Kaznica, 28, of Ipswich, said: Ive known Matt Trikz for years. He had a heart of gold and he was the most amazing guy.

I will miss him so much.

What a wonderful day: A group of friends wear colourful attire as they enjoy the annual Henley Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, Oxforshire

What a wonderful day: A group of friends wear colourful attire as they enjoy the annual Henley Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, Oxforshire

No cover: Spectators, many dressed in their finest attire, were forced to watch the famous Regatta in Oxfordshire in sweltering conditions

No cover: Spectators, many dressed in their finest attire, were forced to watch the famous Regatta in Oxfordshire in sweltering conditions

A jolly affair: Spectators enjoyed mingling in the sunshine as they watched the teams compete at the annual Henley Regatta in Oxforshire

A jolly affair: Spectators enjoyed mingling in the sunshine as they watched the teams compete at the annual Henley Regatta in Oxforshire

Cheers! Rosie Dingle (left) and Isabella Camburn (right) enjoy a glass of champagne during the hot weather at the Henley-on-Thames

Cheers! Rosie Dingle (left) and Isabella Camburn (right) enjoy a glass of champagne during the hot weather at the Henley-on-Thames

Keeping cool: Spectators try to keep cool during the hot weather at the Henley-on-Thames Regatta in Oxfordshire this afternoon

Keeping cool: Spectators try to keep cool during the hot weather at the Henley-on-Thames Regatta in Oxfordshire this afternoon

Flowers and a card were left at the scene this afternoon with a message which read: Cant believe it mate was only yesterday we were sat on the beach loving life.

Will think of you everyday. Your(sic) with your pal now. Have many laughs up there love ya foreva mate.

Ian Bowell, area commander for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: Our sympathies are with the victims family and friends.

They were enjoying themselves in the sun and one of them had jumped from the bridge into the water.

It is inherently dangerous when you do not know the depth and we would urge people not to do it and only swim in safe areas.

Swimming can give you cold shock even on hot days and there can be strong currents under the water.

A level 3 health alert - one level short of a national emergency - remains in place for much of the country today which warns people with respiratory illnesses, the elderly and very young to stay out of the sun.

Hayfever sufferers are also being warned to take extra preventative measures as the pollen count and UV levels are currently extremely high.

MeteoGroup has also warned that dust whipped up from the Sahara is being carried by wind towards Britain where it could coat cars and cause issues for asthma sufferers and those with lung conditions. 

Health chiefs have also urged employers to allow workers to travel outside rush hour to avoid overcrowded public transport. 

It came as research revealed the ecomony loses £8.6billion each year due to workers pulling sickies to make the most of the sunshine. 

The Confederation of British Industry, one of the UKs leading independent employers organisation, said business should put plans in place during extreme weather to allow staff to work remotely.

A spokesman said: It is up to employees and companies to assess the weather situation and use their judgment. 

Topping up the tan: Jess Ginson, 21, enjoys the early morning sun at Damar Bay in Cornwall as the heat reached unbearable levels today

Topping up the tan: Jess Ginson, 21, enjoys the early morning sun at Damar Bay in Cornwall as the heat reached unbearable levels today

Staying cool: One dog appeared to shield itself from the sunshine in Foolow, Derbyshire this morning with a pair of sunglasses

Staying cool: One dog appeared to shield itself from the sunshine in Foolow, Derbyshire this morning with a pair of sunglasses

What are you looking at? A level 3 health alert is in place for much of England today amid concerns for the vulnerable. Pictured: Derby

What are you looking at? A level 3 health alert is in place for much of England today amid concerns for the vulnerable. Pictured: Derby

Picturesque: There were glorious scenes near Chatsworth House in Derbyshire this morning as Britain awoke to more sizzling weather

Picturesque: There were glorious scenes near Chatsworth House in Derbyshire this morning as Britain awoke to more sizzling weather

Network Rail has warned of possible delays to commuters as trains across the country may have to abide by speed restrictions amid concerns the tracks could buckle in the insufferable heat.

A spokesman warned that metal rail tracks can get 20C (68F) hotter than the air temperature, meaning they could reach 55C (131F) prompting fears the steel could expand and buckle. 

One train operator is even advising passengers to avoid travelling between 1pm and 7pm today to avoid crowds and congestion.

And Greater Anglia Trains staff have been handing out free bottled water to customers at all their major stations including Ipswich and Norwich.

There are also concerns the scorching sunshine could cause bush fires, after one blaze broke out on hedgerows and grassland in Kempston, Bedfordshire last night.

Firefighters were called to the blaze, measuring about 600 square metres, after the farmland caught alight.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it did not yet know the cause of the fire but urged people to be careful discarding cigarettes and barbecues.

Thomas Warner, prevention support manager, said: Dry vegetation in the summer means theres an added risk of a fire starting in the countryside. Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.

Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Fires can easily start due to discarded cigarettes or glass.

Firefighters were also called to tackle a blaze in a mans garden when a solar panel over-heated and burst into flames.

The bizarre fire broke out at a house in Southfields, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, at 6.15pm yesterday. A man called 999 after spotting his neighbours solar panel explode - which was attached to a fence.

The fire was put out by residents using garden hoses and buckets of water before firefighters arrived.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said rays from the sun are believed to have overheated the solar panel. 

Prepared: Flora (right) and Jenny applied suncream ahead of another scorching day at the Wimbledon Championships in west London

Prepared: Flora (right) and Jenny applied suncream ahead of another scorching day at the Wimbledon Championships in west London

Diving in: Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoy an early morning swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, central London

Diving in: Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoy an early morning swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, central London

Lovely weather for it: As people flock to beaches and parks across the country, swimmers cooled off in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park

Lovely weather for it: As people flock to beaches and parks across the country, swimmers cooled off in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park

MET OFFICE HEALTH ALERT SYSTEM

The Met Office has a graded health alert system warning of the effects of extreme heat. 

Grade 1 is the minimum state of vigilance during the summer and simply advises officials to be prepared for warm weather.

Grade 2 advises members of the public to be alert and ready for extreme heat and warns of danger to the elderly and young children, who should take extra care. A grade 2 alert is triggered as soon as the risk is 60 per cent or above for threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night.

Grade 3 warns people to take action and stay out of the sun. It also advises to keep homes cool by shading windows and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Grade 4 is a state of national emergency and is reached when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system. At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups. 

Forecasters said the sweltering heat is likely to continue until the weekend but the muggy conditions could be somewhat eased by thunderstorms and hail the size of 5p coins which is set to hit the country later today.

A jetstream carrying very warm air from the Iberian Peninsula northwards towards Britain is likely to trigger flash downpours and thunderstorms across the Midlands and north of England from 4pm.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, parts of the North West, North Wales and Scotland from 4pm until 11.50pm.

It warns isolated heavy and possibly severe thunderstorms which could bring torrential downpours and hail the size of one centimetre in diameter - roughly the size of a 5p coin.

A spokesman said: By Wednesday, a hot and increasingly humid airmass is expected to be in situ across much of the UK.

This airmass looks conducive to isolated thunderstorm development during the afternoon and into the evening.

With large amounts of energy available in the atmosphere, storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and hail of up to 1cm in size. 20-30 mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 60mm possible in three hours very locally.

Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards.

The rain could bring welcome relief to those struggling in the unbearable heat, which has seen thousands of Britons rush out to buy fans and cooler bed sheets.

Currys PC World revealed that sales of fans are up a huge 700 per cent week-on-week as people desperately try to cool down, and specialist sleep retailer the Wool Room said that sales of superlight wool duvets and mattress protectors have soared 88 per cent in the last week.

People with respiratory illnesses, the elderly and very young are all being warned to stay out of the sun, amid fears the heat could be very dangerous for at-risk groups.

Dr Angie Bone, head of extreme events at PHE, said: During very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinsons disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport.

Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy times of the day. 

For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.

Bush fire: There are concerns the scorching sunshine could cause fires, after one blaze broke out on grassland in Kempston, Bedfordshire

Bush fire: There are concerns the scorching sunshine could cause fires, after one blaze broke out on grassland in Kempston, Bedfordshire

Inferno: Firefighters were called to the blaze, measuring about 600 square metres, after the farmland caught alight at 6pm yesterday

Inferno: Firefighters were called to the blaze, measuring about 600 square metres, after the farmland caught alight at 6pm yesterday

Warnings: The Met Office has issued a level 3 health alert for much of England as forecasters predict temperatures will soar to  a sweltering 36C today
Graphic shows high pollen count across the UK today

Warnings: The Met Office has issued a level 3 health alert for much of England as forecasters predict temperatures will soar to a sweltering 36C today. Right: Graphic shows high pollen count across the UK as officials warned people to take extra care in the uncomfortable heat

Her comments were supported by TUC general secretary Frances OGrady, who said: Many people travel to work on overcrowded trains or buses, and doing that during the heatwave will be particularly unpleasant.

Sensible bosses will allow their staff to work flexibly so that they have the option of varying when they arrive and leave to avoid the sweltering conditions of the rush hour commute.

The heat has also caused problems for rail services, with train companies having to cancel journeys or slow them down after Network Rail warned tracks could buckle in the heat.

Several fast trains from London Paddington were cancelled yesterday after Network Rail imposed speed restrictions to protect track points. 

Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: Its bad enough travelling on Britains rammed-out, overcrowded trains at the best of times, let alone when temperatures are heading to boiling point and our members are on full alert to assist passengers who are in distress.

It is only right that some serious leeway is given to workers in the expected heatwave conditions and once again this situation reinforces the importance of having train and platform staff on hand and trained to deal with any eventuality.

Bookmaker Coral is 3/1 odds on the highest ever recorded temperature in the UK of 38.5C (106F) being broken this July. Temperatures hit 38.5C (106F) in Southampton in 1976 but have yet to be beaten.

They said chances a hosepipe ban will be introduced somewhere in the UK is an odds-on favourite at 1-3.

And Coral said it is odds-on at 10-11 that Wimbledon will be the hottest tournament in its history, beating the previous record of 35.6C (96F) in 1976. 

Heatwaves have been deadly in recent years, with an ONS report stating that the heatwave across Europe in August 2003 caused 2,091 excess deaths in England - particularly affecting over-75s in London.

MEANWHILE IN THE NORTH AND SCOTLAND... SOME PARTS ARE HIT BY THUNDERSTORMS AND HAILSTONES TODAY

It might have been the hottest day of the year today, but thunderstorms and hailstones were witnessed in some parts of Britain.

The skies turned black with thunder clouds over Newcastle as storms moved in, with shoppers and schoolchildren caught in downpours.

And residents of Stornoway in the Western Isles had to contend with hailstones and temperatures only reaching a mere 16C (61F).

Caught in the rain: This afternoon on Tyneside the skies turned black with thunder clouds as storms moved in over Newcastle city centre

Caught in the rain: This afternoon on Tyneside the skies turned black with thunder clouds as storms moved in over Newcastle city centre

Shoppers and school children were caught in the showers
A man walks two children through the rain

Umbrellas and raincoats: Shoppers and school children were caught in the showers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this afternoon

Driving rain: Thunder storms in the North East - pictured on the A19 near Sunderland - punctuated the hottest day in the UK for 12 years

Driving rain: Thunder storms in the North East - pictured on the A19 near Sunderland - punctuated the hottest day in the UK for 12 years

Downfall: As much of the UK sizzled, residents of Stornoway in the Western Isles had to contend with hailstones and 16C temperatures

Downfall: As much of the UK sizzled, residents of Stornoway in the Western Isles had to contend with hailstones and 16C temperatures

 
 

TROPICAL HEATWAVE CLAIMS ONE LIFE AS MANS BODY PULLED FROM RESERVOIR FOLLOWING OPEN SWIMMING

Tributes have been left at Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone, Suffolk, after a man - named locally as Matt Dunnett, 22 - died

Tributes have been left at Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone, Suffolk, after a man - named locally as Matt Dunnett, 22 - died

Police confirmed one man has already died in the heat after his body was pulled from a reservoir last night.

The 22-year-old, who has been named locally as Matt Dunnett from Ipswich, Suffolk, had jumped off a bridge into Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone, Suffolk.

When his three friends, believed to be two men and one woman, didnt see him surface again they called emergency services.

Up to 30 people helped to search for him, but his body was found about three metres below the water surface at 9.50pm.

Anglian Water said the man should not have been swimming in the water at the time as bathing is only permitted during supervised events.

A sign at the reservoir reads: No bathing. No paddling. No launching of boats or rafts. 

One of Mr Dunnetts friends, Darren Parker, 26, said he watched as the talented DJ who had a heart of gold as he jumped from the bridge.

He said: I went under the water but its black underneath there I couldnt see anything and there was nothing we could do.

We started screaming to phone 999 as that was our priority. 

It is devastating for us.

Close friend Joanna Kaznica, 28, of Ipswich, said: Ive known Matt Trikz for years. He had a heart of gold and he was the most amazing guy.

I will miss him so much.

Flowers and a card were left at the scene this afternoon with a message which read: Cant believe it mate was only yesterday we were sat on the beach loving life.

Will think of you everyday. Your(sic) with your pal now. Have many laughs up there love ya foreva mate.

Ian Bowell, area commander for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: Our sympathies are with the victims family and friends.

They were enjoying themselves in the sun and one of them had jumped from the bridge into the water.

It is inherently dangerous when you do not know the depth and we would urge people not to do it and only swim in safe areas.

Swimming can give you cold shock even on hot days and there can be strong currents under the water.

The fire service later issued a statement warning people to take precautions of open water swimming as temperatures continue to rise.

 

The statement added that water is often a lot colder than expected which can impair a persons physical capabilities.

It is also difficult for swimmers to estimate depth before they get in, struggle to get out once they are in, or know what lies beneath the surface.

Never drink alcohol during or just before swimming or while carrying out activities such as boating or water skiing. This seriously affects judgment and your ability to get out of a problem, the statement added.

If youre going to go swimming, make sure that somebody is nearby so you can shout for help if you get into difficulties. Only swim where this is safe and permitted. Look out for warning signs.

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