Yes its been HOT!!! Read all about our July Heat wave, yes its almost as hot as summer at home, if that is possible at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5193970.stm, and don't forget you can read our daily news anytime you like as I have added a new link to the BBC website on this page now.
The worst thing is the tube, it is like a sauna at the best of times, but summer makes it extra hot - even my daggy Silverlink train is a pleasant to be on with the heat even though I normally would rather take the tube. Thank heavens that both our offices are airconditioned!!!
They do some strange things to keep animals cool over here, like feeding monkeys icecream, elephants bathing and piggies eating carrot ice blocks (see pictures)
Also this was from yesterdays BBC....
Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
Heatwave breaks record for July
People all over the country are trying to find ways to cool off
Britain has sweltered on its hottest recorded July day as temperatures hit 36.3C (97.3F) near Gatwick Airport. It was also the hottest day of the year with the high at Charlwood in Surrey beating Tuesday's 33.2C (91.8F).
Schools closed, workers were being encouraged to dress down, and elderly people and young children warned to drink plenty of water to cope. Peaks were 29.7C in St Angelo, Northern Ireland, 31.3C in Prestwick, Scotland, and 33.6C in Anglesey, Wales.
British temperatures this week have exceeded such holiday destinations as Malta, Athens, Bermuda and Rome.
As temperatures soared across the country, the heat brought people to the beaches and into the shade, melted roads and provoked health and safety warnings.
In the heat:
· Several schools chose not to open on Wednesday, while others closed at lunchtime and many school sports days were cancelled.
· On the roads, emergency measures were brought in to protect surfaces with gritters spreading gravel after the asphalt began to melt. Ambulance service bosses urged drivers in jams to stay with their cars after crews had difficulties getting through to an accident.