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Blouse in fridge declared 'best mistake ever'

Those on the early shift at BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable were surprised to find that someone - hopefully a colleague - had left a white blouse in the office fridge overnight.

Marveling at the workmate's forward-planning skills in advance of what could be the UK's hottest day ever (imagine arriving after a hot commute and slipping in to something cool), it prompted a breakfast phone-in on novel ways to beat the heat.

Blouse in the fridge
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However, it turned out that said colleague left it there "by mistake" - as you do - while collecting her sandwiches from the fridge before leaving on Wednesday.

However, posing in the white shirt in sweltering midday temperatures, journalist Jane Killick declared her lapse the "best mistake ever" and is going to put it back in there tonight!

Jane Killick
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UK heatwave: Rail companies urge passengers not to travel

With temperatures predicted to soar to an unprecedented high of 39C (102F) today, many train companies in the eastern region are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Network Rail has announced that speed restrictions will be in place for most of the day because of fears that rail tracks could buckle.

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern have said there will be delays and cancellations to services across the whole network.

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East Midlands trains are not calling at Bedford and Southern trains to Milton Keynes are not running.

Greater Anglia has advised people against travelling unless its urgent.

John Halsall, from Network Rail, said: "I've been working on the railway for 10 years - I've never encountered temperatures like this or put in the level of blanket speeds that we're talking about.

"We're not making this decision easily but it is essential in terms of passenger safety."

East and West Sussex train services disrupted by flooding

Train services through Haywards Heath are being disrupted this morning because of flooding.

Passengers have been warned Southern services between London Victoria and Brighton, Ore, Eastbourne and Littlehampton, and Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton may be cancelled or delayed.

Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Brighton are also being affected.

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A Southern spokesman said there is no direct service between Three Bridges and both Brighton and Lewes.

"Staff have requested rail replacement buses to be based at key locations; however, suppliers are having difficulty in sourcing these.

"We anticipate buses to arrive on site from after 08:00, whereby additional information will be provided."