In Pictures: England soaks up more hot weather

  • 19 June 2017
  • From the section England

BBC Sussex Big Bus Tour in Bognor Regis
Image caption Ways to keep cool – sun hats, shades and ice lollies

Blue skies and hot sunshine have continued into the working week after temperatures peaked at 30.2C (86.36F) in south west London at the weekend.

Overnight, it was hotter in parts of the UK than it was in Istanbul during the day.

And the Met Office has said Monday’s temperatures could soar further.

The mercury hit 24C (75C) at midnight at London City Airport – hotter than in Istanbul where temperatures stayed below 21C (70F).

Image caption Temperatures are expected to stay high for most of the week

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Image caption Stourbridge firefighters in the West Midlands keep working “hot dogs” cool with hosepipes

In the West Midlands, working dogs at Stourbridge fire station needed to cool down.

Firefighters tweeted pictures of the dogs jumping for water from hosepipes and wrote: “@WestMidsFire even the fire dogs feeling the heat @Stourbridgefire white Watch”

In Lancashire, roads were seen melting in the high temperatures.

The Hesketh Bank and Tarleton Community Group wrote on Facebook: “If your [sic] thinking of avoiding Hesketh Lane I would think twice about using Taylors Meanygate unless you want tar all over your car. The road has melted.”

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Image caption Tyres made imprints in melting Tarmac in Tarleton, Lancashire

BBC Weather Watchers captured the skies at sunset on Sunday, and as Worcestershire woke to glorious blue skies on Monday.

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Image caption Weather watcher Toppo captured a dramatic skyline at sunset on Sunday in Doddenham, Worcestershire

Image copyright Weather watcher J at Severn Ridge
Image caption The country woke to brilliant blue skies in Severn Stoke on Monday as temperatures climbed

The high temperatures have been attributed to warm air originating from the tropical Atlantic.

In some spots, the strength of the UV has been recorded as being as high as that in Cyprus and Gibraltar.

Image copyright Weather watcher Ice Queen
Image caption Weather watcher Ice Queen photographed Norton in Shropshire – but with a noticeable lack of ice on the river

And BBC Sussex took its Big Bus Tour to seaside resort Bognor Regis.

Image caption BBC Sussex was out in Bognor Regis

Image caption Some people were feeling the effects of a weekend on the beach

Image caption There was a cool breeze to be found by the coast – but not from the weather

Image caption BBC Sussex carried out interviews in the sea

The Met Office said the first half of the week would see temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s for many across England and Wales, but there was some cloud and drizzle to the far north of Scotland.

Temperatures are expected to return nearer to average over eastern parts of the UK on Tuesday, but the fine, very warm and sometimes humid conditions in the south will continue until Thursday.

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