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Wimbledon players battle through hottest day ever

Tennis players competing at Wimbledon and fans watching the action today have had to battle through the hottest temperature ever recorded at the competition.

The observation site at Kew Gardens - the closest one to the courts - hit 35.7C (96.26F) this afternoon.

Fans gather in the sunshine at Murray Mount at Wimbledon Credit: PA

Hottest July day on record as mercury reaches 36.7C

The temperature has hit the hottest ever for a July day, with highs of 36.7C recorded at Heathrow.

The previous record was 36.5 °C in 2006.

Heathrow hottest temperature of year so far at 35.7C

Heathrow has recorded the hottest temperature of the year so far at 35.7C, narrowly pipping Wittering where 35.3C was recorded.

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A fleet of ice cream vans roll out in the heatwave

Now the summer heat has arrived with a vengeance, proprietors of ice cream vans up and down the country are rubbing their hands with glee - because if there's one thing a hot Brit likes, it's soft-scoop ice cream.

Ellinor's Ice Creams, from Gillingham in Kent, are hitting the streets today as Britain basks in the sun.

But spare a thought for the men in the vans - with the heat emitted from all their freezers, they certainly aren't cooling down.

Nurse: A&E in 'heightened level of alert' over heatwave

A chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust has said its A&E is in a "heightened level of alert" over soaring temperatures amid the heatwave.

"We are at a heightened level of alert and we will monitor the situation over the next 24 hours.

We are prepared for a possible increase in the number of patients though our A&E department for several reasons.

One, people's exposure to the sun and not covering up and maybe not drinking enough water.

Secondly some of our vulnerable patients out in the community that have a real trouble keeping themselves cool and are possibly at risk of becoming sick.

– A chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills
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