Heatwave returns to the capital

People in the capital are getting the sun lotion back out and flip flops back on as temperatures have soared to highs of 33C today. The return of the heatwave follows a week of unpredictable weather.

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People enjoying the hot weather on the Southbank

Claire Wood with her children and their grandfather David Roberts enjoying the hot weather on the Southbank. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Children enjoying the hot weather playing in the water fountain by the Royal Festival Hall. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
People enjoying the hot weather on the Southbank in central London on the first day of August. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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London experiences 'driest July since 1996'

London experienced some of its warmest temperatures since 2006, according to the Met Office.

St Jame's Park in central London had an average maximum temperature of 26.2C this year, while it was 27.7C in 2006.

People relax in deck chairs in St.James Park, central London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It has been the driest July since 1996, with only 41.4mm of rain last month, and 27.75mm in 1996.

There has been 268.2 hours of sunshine at Heathrow, that is 144% on average.