For those of us still working from home the scorcher of a day has left us wishing we could have the office’s air-con blasting over us – but at least we haven’t had to face the London Underground.
But how hot has it been in London today? And have the temperatures been record breaking?
For London, the answer is yes.
Previously, the hottest London has ever got was 36.7C at Heathrow, but Friday, July 31 has seen temperatures reach a sweltering 37.8C, also at Heathrow. It’s been hotter in London today than anywhere else in the UK.
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According to the Met Office, this makes it the third hottest day ever recorded in the UK, slightly cooler than Cambridge last year as temperatures soared to a scorching 38.7C.
The second hottest day on record was recorded in Kent during the European Heat Wave of 2003, when it got as hot as 38.4C.
The stunning weather has drawn people to beaches, so much so that one local council and police force have asked people to not visit London’s nearest beach – Camber Sands.
The car parks were full by late morning and police said: “Camber is now full – we kindly ask that you do not travel to Camber today.
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“Previously, high volumes of visitors have led to standstill traffic, to the point that emergency services and residents have struggled to enter Camber.”
However, the weather is due to turn again, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for eight hours of thunderstorms forecast to hit London.