The South sizzles in a heatwave

A series of reports and pictures during the heatwave.

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Warning to most vulnerable during heatwave

Temperatures soared in the South today. Heathrow recorded one of the highest temperatures, at 36.7 degrees celsius (98.6 degrees fahrenheit).

But the warmth came with warnings for the most vulnerable people and calls for people to use sunscreen.

Emma Wilkinson reports:



Bunnies cool down with carrot lollipops

As temperatures look set to top 30 degrees in some parts of the South this week, animals are cooling off in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways.

Keepers at Drusilla's Park in East Sussex have created carrot shaped lollipops for the zoo’s resident rabbits.

Just like humans, animals can be affected by the heat so the team have been keeping a close eye on the group to ensure the hot snap doesn’t send them hopping mad.

“Our rabbits and guinea pigs love oranges and it's a great source of Vitamin C for them. I thought while the weather was so great they may enjoy an ice lolly…and of course they had to be carrot shaped as we all know what a rabbit’s favourite thing is.”

“The ice blocks also have the added benefit of forming part of our daily enrichment programme too. This encourages the animals to think and work a little harder for their food as they would in the wild.”

– Eva, Drusilla's Park
The rabbits were given carrot-shaped lollipops Credit: Drusillas Park
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