Beaches in Brighton were packed with people yesterday as the city burned in 33C heat.
But while many were outside enjoying the glorious sunshine, there were some who had struggled to cool down sun-seekers with chilled pints and ice cream and The Argus went out to chat with them.
Ice cream vendors lined up long, while restaurants and bars along the seafront were packed with customers.
The Monarch on King’s Road had opened its doors wide and soulful summer tunes filled the pavement.
But how did the employees keep their cool?
Alberto Zeneli, barman at Monarch, said the past few days had been absolutely crazy.
“But yesterday was my day off – so everything is fine,” he said.
“It was so hot outside today that you’ll find me down here in the basement most of the time.
“It’s fun to work here – there are a lot of people and it’s always busy. It’s recently transformed from a fast food place to where it is today and it’s so different, so beautiful outside and inside.”
While Alberto was able to make quick trips down into the basement, some weren’t so lucky.
The chefs in the Monarch’s kitchen sweated non-stop from the heat of the oven – but these chefs are used to sweltering temperatures.
Elsewhere, at nearby Restaurant Bohemia on Meeting House Lane, front-of-house worker Luke Nicol was enjoying his shift – and his hair was spotless thanks to the air-conditioning
“It was intense, some people found it too hot on the terrace and moved to the air-conditioned room,” he said.
“But there was so much going on, the last few days after graduating from university were great. But I personally prefer to be in the sea.”
Less than an hour earlier, the record for the hottest temperature had been broken at 39.1, recorded at Charlwood in Surrey and later surpassed at Heathrow, where it surpassed 40C.
The Met Office previously announced that on Monday the UK had experienced its warmest night on record, with temperatures remaining in the mid-20s.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20290117.brighton-hospitality-workers-stay-cool-amid-uk-heat-record/?ref=rss Hospitality workers in Brighton keep their cool despite the UK’s record-breaking heat