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First ever UK extreme heat warning extended – follow live

First ever UK extreme heat warning extended - follow live
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UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

The Met Office has extended its first ever amber warning for extreme heat until Friday as the UK continues to sweat in temperatures pushing 30C.

England reached its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday – 32.2C recorded at Heathrow Airport.

The heat warning on Wednesday and Thursday of this week applies to parts of southern and central England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Friday’s extreme heat warning applies only to Northern Ireland, where the Met Office said temperatures “both by day and night will increase … leading to public health impacts”.

While much of England is set to sizzle, scattered thunderstorms are forecast to return, with heavy rain set for this weekend. As of Wednesday morning, the Environment Agency had 17 flood alerts in place throughout parts of London, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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Teenage boy and man die as UK records hottest day of the year

A teenager’s body was found in a canal and a man died after getting into difficulty in the sea as the UK recorded its hottest day of the year so far.

Police were called to Stocking Lane in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, at 5.28pm on Tuesday and recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police issued warnings about swimming in open water in hot weather and appealed for anyone with information about how the boy ended up in the canal to get in touch.

Meanwhile, Merseyside Police said that a man had died and two others were taken to hospital following an incident at Crosby Beach.

The force said officers were called at around 7.10pm on Tuesday following reports of three men in their 20s getting into difficulties in the sea.

All three were taken to hospital where one was pronounced dead a short time later, while a second is in a “critical but stable” condition and the third has been discharged, the force added.

Matt Mathers21 July 2021 11:47
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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the heatwave affecting the UK this week.

Tom Batchelor21 July 2021 11:26
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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the heatwave affecting the UK this week.

Tom Batchelor21 July 2021 11:24