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In pictures: Britons swelter in record-breaking temperatures

The UK has recorded its hottest day with temperatures soaring past 40C in several  places.

July 19, 2022
By Various agencies
19 July 2022

Record-breaking temperatures are expected in various parts of the UK on Tuesday as the heatwave that has wrought sweltering conditions across Europe intensifies.

A man refreshes his face at a fountain in Trafalgar Square in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
People sit in the sun in Leicester Square, central London. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
A view of the sunset from Greenwich Park viewpoint, during a heatwave in London, Britain, July 18, 2022. REUTERS/Maja Smialkowska
Deer rest in the shade during hot weather at Richmond Park in London, Britain, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A mother shelters her baby from the sun with an umbrella on Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
7A fire burns during a heatwave, in Rainham, east London, Britain, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien
A car drives near a fire that burns during a heatwave, in east London, Britain, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien
A man dives into the water of The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A woman sits by the fountains in Trafalgar Square. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA via AP)
Swimmers enjoy an early morning swim in the pool at Jesus Green lido in Cambridge, as the Met Office issued extreme heat warnings for the country. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Zoos across the UK have taken extra precautions to keep their animals cool during the heatwave (ZSL London Zoo/PA)
A matrix sign over the A19 road towards Teesside displays an extreme weather advisory as the UK braces for the upcoming heatwave. (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Passengers in London packed on a Central Line train suffered an uncomfortable journey. (Aaron Chown/PA)
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People were urged to travel at cooler times of the day but it was not always possible. (Aaron Chown/PA)
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A sign advised people to carry water at Bank Tube station in London. (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Firefighters urged people not to light fires in the countryside, as drone footage showed the after effects of a devastating blaze in Hertfordshire. (Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

Many people stayed indoors to avoid the sun but some humans – and animals – braved the heat.

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A man found a bit of shade in a parched park in Wapping, east London. (Yui Mok/PA)
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Chippy the chimpanzee was given an ice treat by keepers at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, near Stirling. (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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The shelves at Sainsbury’s in Nine Elms in London were emptied of bottled water. (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Some people got up early to watch a spectacular sunrise at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside. (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Londoners have experienced one of the hottest nights on record. (Yui Mok/PA)
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