Thousands of people flocked to the coast as the temperature surpassed 40C for the first time in Britain.
Brighton Beach was packed when Heathrow reported a temperature of 40.2C at 12.50pm – a new UK record.
The Met Office said the UK experienced its warmest night on record on Monday, with temperatures remaining in the mid-20s, meaning an uncomfortable sleep for many.
The previous record was documented more than 30 years ago in Brighton on August 3, 1990.
Yesterday marked the first time temperatures topped 40 degrees in the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acknowledged that Britain’s transport network could not cope with the extreme heat. He said rail and road problems would persist for decades during such heat waves.
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