July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, meteorologists have said.
The record-breaking July heatwave in central and western Europe would have been up to 3C (5.5F) cooler if the climate was not changing, new research has found.
A new temperature record for the UK was set on Thursday as a heatwave gripped the country, the Met Office has confirmed.
Disruption to train services due to damage caused by last week’s heatwave is continuing for a fifth day.
Some of Britain’s beaches have been left strewn with rubbish and plastic after the July heatwave saw thousands head to the coast.
Air passengers suffered major disruption on Friday due to the heatwave and a technical problem with the UK’s air traffic control system.
Passengers complained of “chaos” as delays and cancellations hit UK airports on Thursday and Friday following extreme weather.
Air passengers were facing disruption on Friday due to the heatwave and a technical problem with the UK’s air traffic control system .
Morning train commuters face disruption after the extreme heat caused chaos on the rail network.
Commuters are enduring chaos and disruption on the railways as the UK swelters on its hottest July day on record.
Temperature records that had stood for decades or even just days fell minute by minute on Thursday afternoon and Europeans and tourists alike threw themselves into fountains, lakes, rivers or the sea to escape a suffocating heat wave rising up from the Sahara.
As the UK set a new record temperature for July, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat but electronic devices too, with some iPhone users reporting their handsets struggling to deal with the weather.
Police had to be called to an outdoor swimming pool after hordes of overheating Londoners tried to force their way in.
The UK has seen its hottest July day and second hottest day on record as the mercury hit 38.1C, the Met Office said.
The UK was braced for record-breaking heat on Thursday as temperatures climbed above 30C (86F) in some parts of the country by mid-morning.
An inventive 11-year-old has come up with a new way to keep cool during the heatwave.
Paris has beaten its all-time heat record, hitting 40.6C (105.1F) amid a heat wave breaking barriers across Europe.
Temperatures have already climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
Parts of Europe are bracing for record temperatures as the second heatwave of the summer bakes the continent.
Britain could bake under record-breaking heat as temperatures could potentially climb to 39C (102.2F) on Thursday.