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Thames Water has issued an apology to residents of a Forest Hill housing estate, after they were left without water for five days.
Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Mitcham, south London, as grass fires continue to double, the London Fire Brigade said today. The fire is said to be 'under control' now, according to the Brigade's Twitter account.
As Londoners consumer an extra 400 million litres of water every day, families in Forest Hill have been left without a consistent water supply for more than five days.
Piers Hopkirk speaks to Diane Fitzsimons:
The London Fire Brigade has said today that firefighters are dealing with twice as many grass fires in the capital compared with last year, warning that they could rise further unless people act responsibly.
Hampstead Heath is on fire alert after soaring temperatures which resulted in Parliament Hill Lido shutting its doors early for the first time in nearly a decade, the Ham & High is reporting.
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According to the newspaper, around 80,000 people took to the Heath on Saturday and Sunday while the Parliament Hill Lido and bathing ponds had 18,000 swimmers over the two days.
The City of London Corporation spokesman said: “There is a serious fire risk during the current heat wave.
"We are operating a zero-tolerance policy to barbecues – which are a major fire risk on the Heath’s peaty ground – and we would encourage the public to make sure that any cigarettes are fully stubbed out to minimise the danger".
A group of Labour MPs have tabled a parliamentary motion saying that workers should be allowed to down tools when the temperature hits 30C (86F) or 27C (81F) if they do strenuous work, after the Deputy Prime Minister said that temperatures on public transport can be "pretty brutal".
Nick Clegg said:
Temperatures on public transport can be "pretty brutal" and the UK's working practices are not adapted to heatwave conditions, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg acknowledged.
Responding to reports that the temperature on London's tube trains had topped 35C , Mr Clegg said:
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After several deaths as people try to avoid the heat, emergency services issue essential tips on keeping safe from grass fires and swimming.