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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Crews put out one grass fire at Leytonstone

One of the grass fires at Leytonstone is now under control, the London Fire Brigade said today. In a statement, the service said:

Around 120 firefighters and officers are currently dealing with two separate grass fires on Wanstead Flats.

An area of grass, firs and gorse measuring around 200 metres x 200m metres is alight near Whipps Cross Road in Leytonstone E11.

The Brigade was called at 1332 and fire crews Walthamstow, Ilford, Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, and Chingford fire stations are tackling the fire.

A further eight fire engines and around 35 firefighters and officers are dealing with a separate grass fire a bit further along Whipps Cross Road at Hollow Pond.

The Brigade was called at 1528.

British Red Cross launches call centres during heatwave

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The British Red Cross has launched two call centres in Norwich and Ipswich to check on the welfare of hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people in the region.

Teams of volunteers are working with hospitals across the area to ensure that those who have recently been discharged and have been identified as needing extra care are coping in the heatwave.

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Two grass fires in Leytonstone

There are two grass fires being fought in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Eight fire engines and sixty firefighters are tackling a blaze off Whipps Cross Road.

There are a further six fire engines at a blaze in Epping Forest.

The London Fire Brigade say they are making "steady process in hot conditions".

A firefighter tackling a blaze in Epping Forest Credit: Mike Taylor Photography

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Fire crews tackle large grass fire at Epping Forest

There are eight fire engines and 60 firefighters tackling a grass fire in Epping Forest at Leytonstone, the London Fire Brigade said today.

According to their Twitter feed, the brigade said: "We're making steady progress in hot conditions and working hard to bring the fire under control."

An area of 200 sq metres is thought to be alight, they added.

Grass fire Leytonstone.
Grass fire in Epping Forest Near Whipps Cross.

Tips for the elderly keeping cool in the heat

The elderly and carers must take extra care in the heat, care home Anchor Trust advised today, as temperatures continue to soar.

Carl Martin, Wellbeing Manager at Anchor’s West Hall has issued the following advice in keeping cool in the heat:

  • In the heat, older people should drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay away from tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks as these are dehydrating.
  • Eat foods that retain water, so plenty of fruit, vegetables and salad.
  • Older skin has less elasticity so can be more sensitive to the sun - they should use a once a day suncream that is photostable.
  • Sun hats and sunglasses are a necessity.
  • It is important to check in on elderly neighbours and friends in the heat.
  • Hot weather can be as dangerous as cold weather.
  • Enjoy the sun in moderation.
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