England and Wales find a place in the sun: Cool work at the Walls factory as heat is on for hay fever victims and rhinos
Tuesday 08 June 1993
With temperatures in London matching Sunday's record for the hottest day of the year, forecasters predicted even higher levels today.
Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far in England and Wales with a top temperature of 81F.
But the fine weather brought misery for millions of hay fever sufferers. Counts soared across the country - a pollen count of over 50 is regarded as high - reaching 559 on the Isle of Wight, down from 622 on Sunday.
Dr Jean Emberlin, of the pollen research unit at the University of North London, said the heat wave could not have come at a worse time for sufferers. 'It has been an excellent spring for grass growing - warm and wet - and then with this lovely weather at the weekend the counts surged,' she said. High counts could be expected through June and the first weeks of July as long as the weather remained good.
The high temperatures caused the M11 southbound near Stansted airport, Essex, to be closed after the road began to break up and lift in the heat. Diversions were set up and police said long delays were expected.
Good weather and school holidays increased the number of people visiting London Zoo yesterday. Visitors were unaware that keepers had to cover rhinos with moisturising cream to stop them getting sunburnt.
Originally from East Africa, the rhinos are unused to so much direct sunlight because their natural habitat provides them with shelter. Without protection at the zoo the two four-year-old black rhinos had to be covered with skin cream.
The Met Office warned that thunderstorms, expected on Wednesday, would probably end the fine spell.
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 BBC’s new Game of Thrones slayer 'The Last Kingdom' relies on Saxon appeal, creators say
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Christian Dior show in Paris
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
Pamplona Running of the Bulls 2014: Briton critically injured in San Fermin festival
Israel's deadliest Gaza air strikes yet kill five children from same family as Palestinian rocket barrage continues
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
£23000 - £30000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Data Analyst vacan...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I am interested in speaking to Data Migr...
£200 - £450 per day: Harrington Starr: Web Services Developer Web Services, WP...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Project Manager - (Housin...