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Summary

  1. Hottest day of the year so far recorded for England
  2. Heat buckled a rail in North Yorkshire
  3. UV levels 'high' with pollen levels 'very high' in some places
  4. Weather warnings in place for thunderstorms on Tuesday night

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

Highest temperature recorded for year so far

BBC News England

Our updates on what's been the hottest day of the year so far in England have now come to an end.

You can get the latest weather forecast on BBC Weather.

Will the hot weather last?

Hottest day of the year - but not quite hot enough to fry an egg

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Martin Harness attempted to fry an egg on the lid of his wheelie bin in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, today, where he recorded 35C (95F).

While it may have been the hottest day of the year so far, the egg was left a little on the... well... runny side...

Martin confirms he didn't eat it, but we applaud the effort.

Frying egg
Martin Harness

Your pictures: Even the trains are finding it hot

This is the weather forecast from one of the trains on the Severn Valley Railway - be thankful you're not on the footplate shovelling coal into the firebox.

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Rail services disrupted on hottest day

Commuters are facing delays as soaring temperatures affected train services on the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures have already exceeded 33.4C (92F) in southern England and are due to pass 35C (95F) in south-east England.

Heat buckled a rail in North Yorkshire, and speed limits are in place on some lines due to "high rail temperatures".  

Delayed notice board at Waterloo
PA

'It just went off like a bomb' says woman whose patio table exploded in the sun

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A woman whose patio table exploded in the sun says "it just went off like a bomb".

Lynn (who's asked us not to use her second name) told BBC Suffolk her husband had been in a chair beside the table just minutes beforehand, but had gone to the garage to get something.

Table debris 1
Contributed

She said: "As he was walking through the door there was an almighty bang and the glass-topped table had completely exploded into shards. 

"It wasn't cracks, they were tiny, tiny pieces, and it's a six seater table so you can imagine if anybody had been sitting anywhere near it, it would have caused serious damage... it just went off like a bomb."

Table debris 2
Contributed

Temperature soars in Walton-on-Thames

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Weather Watcher mare for this snap of Walton-on-Thames on a sunny July day.

Walton-on-Thames by BBC Weather Watcher mare
BBC Weather Watchers/mare

Pershore pipped in heat stakes

Brize Norton is hotter by 0.1C

Brize Norton has now beaten Pershore with a top temperature of 33.5 °C! #hottestdayoftheyear

How hot is it really?

Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world with this BBC News tool.

Deckchairs
PA

Patterns in the clouds in Cornwall

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Marion captured these patterned clouds above Landewednack in Cornwall earlier.

Landewednack by Weather Watcher Marion
BBC Weather Watchers/Marion

How's the weather where you are? Find out more about Weather Watchers.

Picture: Tarmac melts in Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Reporter Jozef Hall recorded 34C (93F) in his car in Landbeach, just north of Cambridge, this afternoon, which was hot enough to melt the tarmac a bit.

Temperature gage
BBC
Tarmac
BBC

If you don't believe us, this article proves it's possible.

'Tis the season as snow arrives in London

Today may be the hottest day of 2016 so far, but in Soho, London, they're focusing on the other extreme as a Christmas shop gets ready to open, complete with snow....

Christmas shop
PA

Watch: City hot-spot reaches 69C (156F)

Navigation Street outside Birmingham's Grand Central station has been clocking up temperatures of 69C (156F).

It's due to the metal cladding wrapped around part of the building which is reflecting the sunlight.

We sent our intrepid reporter out with a heat-gun to find out just how hot it's getting.

Grand Central
BBC

Watch: How Brits deal with the hot weather

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

How do British people behave when the temperature rises? It depends whether you are a lizard or a shade dweller. 

Rob Read and Tanya Shadrick from Pells Pool in Lewes in East Sussex, the oldest outdoor public swimming pool in the UK, compare notes. 

Rob Read and Tanya Shadrick from Pells Pool on how Brits behave in a heatwave

Walking on the wild side as temperatures soar

BBC Weather Watchers

Some of our Weather Watchers have been snapping shots of England's wildlife as the temperatures soar across the country.

Bee
BBC Weather Watchers/Nanjan
Swans
BBC Weather Watchers/Seabrook

Pershore the hottest place in the country

Pershore is the hottest place in the country.

The Met Office says the Worcestershire town has beaten Heathrow in terms of temperatures with 33.4C (92.12F).

That means it's hotter there than in Algiers (26C/77F),  Athens (30C/86F) and almost hotter than Islamabad (34C/93F).

And the pigs at Pershore College have been fed ice lollies to keep them cool.

Pig at Pershore College
bbc
Pig at Pershore College
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Pershore is a record-breaking town in terms of the weather.

Nine years ago, in July 2007 Worcestershire got the highest rainfall for any calendar month, with the station at Pershore College recording 252mm of precipitation.

'London's unbearable heat is worth it - for views like this!'

Social media is filling up with people's pictures of scorching hot London. Thanks to Kate Giles for sharing her photo with us. 

She tweeted: 'This heat is almost unbearable but for views like this, I think it's worth it!'  

London City
Kate Giles

Blue skies in Twickenham

BBC Weather Watchers

With temperatures peaking across England today, Weather Watcher ruthiebabes sent in this picture from Twickenham.

Twickenham by Weather Watcher ruthiebabes
BBC Weather Watchers/ruthiebabes

'Sunlight reflection' blamed for flat fire

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire fire investigators say "sunlight reflected onto combustible materials" is the most likely cause of a flat blaze in Wisbech this afternoon - where temperatures have reached 30C (86F).

Crews from March, Long Sutton and West Walton were called to the fire in the roof space of a second floor flat in Orange Grove at about 13:25. Residents escaped unharmed.

Station commander Mick Jackman, said: "The first crews in attendance worked very hard and did an excellent job to cut away the roof material, extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading."

Blue skies at Rutland Water

Geeta Pendse

Arts reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Hello sunshine...

Rutland beach
BBC

Snapped: An exotic scene from Dorset

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Rebecca Hopkins for sending this picture of a rather idyllic-looking Sandbanks in Dorset. 

Sandbanks
BBC Weather Watchers/Rebecca Hopkins

Take a good long look at this

Heat health warning

Public Health England is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures.

Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events at PHE said: "Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about.

"But for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.

This summer we’re urging people to keep an eye on those at-risk and if you’re able, offer help to stay cool and hydrated."

Blooming in summertime

BBC Weather Watchers

Summer blooms bask in warm sunshine in this picture taken in Mudeford, Dorset, by Emma.

Mudeford by Weather Watcher Emma
BBC Weather Watchers/Emma

Watch: Dust devil in a spin at West Sussex farm

Farmer Tim Bargman has captured video pictures of a dust devil - hay being lifted into the air by a swirling wind - at Canfields Farm, Rudgwick in West Sussex.

Dust devils can occur anywhere there is warm air and a slight breeze, according to the BBC Weather Centre. 

West Sussex dust devil: Farm's hay sent into spin

The sun is shining in Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

Blue sky and incredible views in the sun in Kirkby-in-Furness this morning.

Kirkby-in-Furness
BBC Weather Watcher/Tracey

You can become a Weather Watcher and share reports like Tracey's work view who took this photo.

Chimp cools down with a lolly ice at Chester Zoo

With temperatures hitting a whopping 31C in the region today, this chimp at Chester Zoo managed to keep cool whilst enjoying a lolly ice.

Chimp eating ice block
Chester Zoo

Desperate measures at Southport

Lancashire 204 & 333 v Durham 291 & 158-2

Durham may not be having too many difficulties at Southport, but BBC Radio Newcastle commentator Martin Emmerson has had to get inventive to keep all his technology in working order.

An empty scorecard box makes a handy sun screen for an iPad in Southport #bbccricket

An empty scorecard box makes a handy sun screen for an iPad in Southport #bbccricket

We're live from Southend-on-Sea

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Hello and good afternoon to you from the Sunshine Coast. I've ditched our Chelmsford newsroom to bring Essex Live to the seaside and report live from Southend. 

You'd be hard pressed to find enough space to lay your towel though as thousands have flocked to the south Essex seaside town to enjoy the hottest day of the year. 

Southend beach
BBC

Now where's my sun lotion... safety first and all that.

'Enjoying the hottest day of the year'

Cool cats in lollipop lick-a-thon

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Except, urgh... it's TUNA FLAVOURED.

They're really going for it

Bravo Nottingham. You beaut!

Verity Cowley

Presenter, BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham Market Square
BBC

What a great day for a school trip

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Pupils from Westgate Primary School are on a geography school trip to Felixstowe, learning about how the town differs to Bury St Edmunds. 

Children from Westgate Primary
BBC

They've already been to the port, seen some beach huts and are now combing the sand to see what they can find. 

Year three teacher Mr Marsh said: "Getting them out of the classroom makes learning come to life, and they retain things a lot more."  

Children showing off what they've found
BBC

Your photos: Lunch in the garden

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like Nicola Dawson is enjoying the nice weather in Syston... can I come over?

Lunch in the garden
Nicola Dawson

Dust devil spotted in field

A farmer has captured video pictures of hay being lifted into the air by a swirling wind. 

Tim Bargman shot the images of a dust devil at Canfields Farm, Rudgwick, West Sussex.

The BBC Weather Centre said they could occur anywhere there was warm air and a slight breeze.

Farm's hay sent into spin

Hot stuff: How hot has England got?

England's hottest days
BBC/Getty Images

Giraffes having fun in the sun

Claire Cottingham

Live from Port Lympne

The animals are designed to be out in the heat - so they're loving the #hottestdayoftheyear.

Here's Simon Jeffery, animal manager at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent, explaining a bit more.

Giraffes use their patches to regulate heat

My kind of sky

Tom Brown

Sports reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Sky
BBC