Heatwave causes havoc around the country

A bin lorry working for West Berkshire Council which became stuck after the carriageway gave way after the summer heat melted the asphalt in Newbury (Thames Valley Police/PA) Credit: Press Association Images

As temperatures continue to sizzle across the UK this weekend, Brits have taken to social media to share hilarious pictures to sum up the heatwave.

Britain is currently basking in a 30C heatwave and for a country that is used to rain and fog, there are are naturally some er... unexpected problems that arise from the lovely weather.

In Berkshire, a bin lorry sunk into a hole in a road after the summer heat melted the asphalt.

The vehicle working for the council became stuck after the carriageway gave way in Old Bath Road, Newbury, Berkshire, on Thursday.

Thames Valley Police West Berkshire posted on Twitter: “Officers on scene making area safe after an HGV sunk into Old Bath Road Newbury. ROAD CLOSED awaiting recovery and road repair.”

A spokeswoman for West Berkshire Council said: “We have excavated half of the site and found solid ground underneath and not ground water so there is no larger hole underneath.

“The road will be closed over the weekend while repairs are carried out.”

The man had to be freed by fire crews. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

In Tyne and Wear,an unnamed 24-year-old man's foot became stuck after the tarmac beneath him melted and gave way.

He became stuck up to his thigh and had to call 999 to be freed.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, who had to use a hammer and chise to break the asphalt around his foot, had tweeted that they'd freed him after the road melted.

In a statement the council said their roads were not susceptible to hot weather and the incident may have been related to an existing weakness in the road.

It said: "A member of the Newcastle City Council Highways team visited the scene in Heaton yesterday along with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue. We can confirm that the tarmac had not melted and no roads in the city have melted during the warm weather.

"We believe this has occurred due to a small existing void under the road and will continue to investigate."