Sizzling Britain is expected to record the hottest temperatures of the year today, with the prospect of the mercury rising even higher tomorrow. The heatwave is forecast to continue into next week.
Forecasters said highs of 27C (80F) were measured in pockets of England early this afternoon, a shade off the year's record: 27.2C at Heathrow on June 30.
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As summer temperatures start to soar the animals at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire have been finding ways to cool off.