Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HEATWAVE TO LAST ANOTHER TEN DAYS; Caribbean Temperatures for London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HEATWAVE TO LAST ANOTHER TEN DAYS; Caribbean Temperatures for London

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Byline: JO PEARSON;OLIVER FINEGOLD

LONDON and the South-East are set for a 10-day heatwave.

Yesterday was the hottest June day since 1976. Today the Met Office's official five-day forecast said the good weather would stay for the rest of the week.

With the current weather system looking settled, forecasters said the hot spell could continue for the next 10 days.

Hot winds blowing in from the Atlantic are behind the soaring temperatures which saw Londoners sweltering in tropical temperatures over the weekend.

Temperatures reached 33.1C (91.6F) in the capital - matching Caribbean levels.

A Meteorological Office spokesman said: "It certainly was the proverbial scorcher.

It was the hottest June day for decades in the capital. It's hard to believe now, but earlier this month some areas of the South-East experienced the coldest June night for 66 years."

While temperatures over the next 10 days are unlikely to match the weekend peak, a high of 27C is predicted for the first day of Wimbledon today - hitting 29C elsewhere in the South-East - with similar temperatures predicted all week.

In London yesterday, thousands headed to the nearest pub. Shane Burns, manager of the Flask in Highgate, said staff sold more than 700 pints and almost 400 jugs of Pimms.

Sam Rutt, assistant manager of the Duke's Head on the river in Putney said he and his staff had pulled almost 750 pints. He said: "Ironically, if it had been a bit cooler, we would have sold even more.

It was a bit too warm to drink all day."

Tooting Bec Lido was packed and some Londoners cooled their feet in the Thames along the South Bank.

But the heat was too much for some who had planned more vigorous activities for the day. Several athletes taking part in the Windsor Triathlon were airlifted to hospital after collapsing in the scorching heat. …

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