Britain's hottest day since 2006

Temperatures have reached 33.5 celsius at Heathrow - not only making today the hottest of the year, but also the hottest day since 2006.

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Four-week-old baby taken to hospital due to sunburn

A four-week-old boy is among ten children who have been admitted to hospital since the hot weather began.

Six of the ten patients, the oldest of which is 14 needed specialist treatment at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, Sussex, due to the severity of their sunburn.

No parent or carer intends for their child to get sunburnt and accidents do happen.

But spending just a couple of minutes applying sunscreen to a child before they go out in the sun is the difference between a summer of fun and a summer spoilt by sunburn.

The sun at this time of year is very strong and children can get burnt very quickly. The children we've treated over the last few weeks have been referred to our unit because their burns have been so severe they have required specialist treatment.

– Nora Nugent, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital

Wales fire crews tackle grass fires and BBQ blazes

Fire crews in Mid and West Wales have been tackling blazes that include grass fires and a BBQ fire:

Insurers warn wildfires could cost millions

Insurers have warned wildfires could put lives at risk and cost millions of pounds in damaged crops and machinery as the longest UK heatwave for seven years continues.

Tim Price, of NFU Mutual, said: "The tinder-dry conditions and continuing heatwave pose a major fire risk to the countryside, threatening crops, equipment and even personal safety.

The aftermath of a forest fire caused by the heatwave on Hollow Ponds, in Leytonstone, east London. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

"Every precaution needs to be taken by both farmers and visitors alike."

Farmers have been urged to ensure that their fire extinguishers are well maintained and to reduce the risk of combine harvesters catching fire by regularly cleaning the machinery to remove chaff and dust.


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