Health alert as things start hotting up

Crowds flocked to Britain's sun-baked beaches yesterday as summer finally arrived.

The mercury hit 30C at Brighton, pictured, and the Met Office has warned of hotter weather today, with highs of 32C across East Anglia, the East Midlands and south-east England. Head of health forecasting, Patrick Sachon, said: "These temperatures, plus high humidity, pose a risk to vulnerable people, such as those with underlying health problems."