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For barbecue summer, read wellies washout

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'I always thought I'd be here' insists Chancellor who won't be moved

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Britain's heatwave continues

With two disappointing summers behind us, members of the public are making the most of the sunshine as they take time out to enjoy the hot weather.

Britain braced for another sizzler

Baking Britain was set to hit record temperatures again today as the country sweltered in the grip of heatwave conditions.

Alert as heatwave heads this way

Health services in southern England and the Midlands have been put on alert for a heatwave due to hit early next week.

Heatwave forecast for next week

Britain will experience a heatwave next week, the Met Office and the Department of Health said yesterday.

Heatwave set to hit Britain next week





Britain could experience a heatwave next week, the Met Office and the Department of Health said today.

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