The hats are made, costumes created and dance routines perfected. Schoolchildren in Oxfordshire have been gearing up for the fun and excitement that is the Cowley Road Carnival this weekend. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the mile-long route.
Thames Valley Police horses enjoyed a well earned rest after giving their all protecting HM Queen at Royal Ascot.
A mother from Bournemouth let her children stay at home because of concerns about them having to wear school blazers in high temperatures.Read the full story ›
It's been hotter in the south than Istanbul and the Canary Islands today - as the region basks in a heatwave that's set to last the rest of the week. The mercury hit - 32 degrees - at Heathrow Airport today. And we saw 30 degrees in parts of Sussex and Hampshire. But the sunshine comes with a health warning. The young, the old, and pregnant women are being warned to avoid the midday sun - and keep hydrated. Mary Stanley reports on how the South has been trying to keep cool.
Public Health England is reminding the public to take extra care in the current hot weather with temperatures expected to top 30C.Read the full story ›
The South East has basked in the hottest day of the year so far and the scorching sun is set to keep temperatures some 10 degrees above the average for this time of year.
There are concerns about the elderly - and other vulnerable people in the heat and UV levels are reaching as high as Cyprus and Gibraltar.
But this heatwave is great news for the Kent and Sussex tourist trade.
Abigail Bracken visited Margate earlier today.
Zoo keepers in Sussex are urgently asking gardeners to give them food for their pandas.
The red pandas, like Mulan, can eat up to two kilograms of bamboo a day - and supplies at Drusillas Park in Alfriston are currently running low.
The animals originate from the Himalayan mountains of China, India and Nepal. Mulan and her partner Anmar's diet consists almost entirely of the plant. We hear from head keeper Mark Kenward.
The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in Sussex has one of the most extensive collections in the South East. It houses more than 4,000 works of art and hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually.
However staff say that plans to halve the grant it receives from the local authority could jeopardise the Towner's future. The local authority - Eastbourne Borough Council, says that in harsh economic times it has to protect frontline public services. Malcolm Shaw reports.
The interviewees are Emma Morris from the Towner Art Gallery; Fred Dimbleby, a student journalist; and Elizabeth Muir Lewis from the Eastbourne Arts Circle.
An attempt to break the world record for the largest balloon sculpture has been completed at a shopping centre in Winchester.
It's taken sculptor, Ben Field, 10 days and seven thousand balloons to create the 80 foot balloon waterfall at The Brooks shopping centre. It will remain there until the end of the month.