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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Heatwave causing 'massive issues' for drivers

RAC staff have been called out to 13,000 breakdowns because of the heatwave - an average of 7,163 each day, a company spokesman said today.

Breakdowns increase in heatwave. Credit: PA

Simon Williams, of the RAC, said: "The heat is causing massive issues for drivers. We have been 50% busier in the evenings as people make the most of the weather for as long as they can. Demand has also switched from towns and cities to coastal routes and motorways.

"We're dealing with more mechanical breakdowns where cars conk out on the move. There's also been a spike in the number of people running out of fuel. Some of these breakdowns are avoidable through maintenance and preparation, but even great servicing can't stop your head gasket blowing."

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.

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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".

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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.
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