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The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country

People relax in deck chairs during the hot weather on Brighton beach on 1 August, 2013

The summer in numbers: 2013 the hottest, driest and sunniest since 2006

Met Office releases early estimates detailing facts and figures behind 'seventh-sunniest' summer since records began

British summer set to end on a high as heatwave returns

After several days of rain and falling temperatures, forecasters said large parts of the country could expect highs of up to 27C (80.6F) and dry weather

Barbecue weather cooks up a retail revival

The retail sector enjoyed a mini-recovery on Britain's high streets last month, with customer numbers up and shop vacancy rates falling.

Extreme heatwaves are predicted as the new normal for British summers by 2040

Report calls for dramatic curbs in greenhouse gas emissions and warns of threat to human society

Tui is lifted by a wave of Britons heading to Mexico

More Britons going on Thomson holidays to Majorca and Mexico, and paying more to do so, yesterday gave its owner Tui Travel confidence that its underlying operating profit will grow 10 per cent this year.

There's one over here!: Butterfly expert Matthew Oates goes looking for winged beauties

Butterfly watchers of Britain, come out and spread your wings

Tom Bawden meets a leading lepidopterist who says the decline of prejudice has helped his hobby reach new heights

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Heatwave and sport hit shops

Britain sees hottest August temperatures for ten years as heatwave returns - but just for a day...

The weekend is set to be changeable with temperatures around the 24C mark but accompanied by occasional showers

China issues nationwide warning as Shanghai suffers hottest July for 140 years

More than 10 people have died from heatstroke as temperatures soar to nearly 41C

A couple shelters from rain on the beach at Weymouth using a sun-shade

Time to put away the sunloungers: Heavy rain follows heatwave

But forecasters said the hot weather was expected to return later this week

Hammerson feels heat as shoppers avoid Brent Cross

Brent Cross shopping centre owner Hammerson was cursing the heatwave today despite rising rents and fuller occupancy in the first half of the year.

Low-cost airline Ryanair is pinning its hopes on an end to the summer heatwave

Ryanair eyes potential for advertising on outside of jets

Passengers turn down sunshine break abroad to top up tans at home

The blueberry has become Britain’s fastest-growing fruit

Britain's blueberry boom: When it comes to berries, we've got the blues

We can't get enough of the 'superfood' that's catching the strawberry at the top of the market

Earl Sweatshirt makes a powerful return

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Market Report: Heatwave goes down well at Wetherspoon

Thirsty traders were diving into the pubs group JD Wetherspoon as the heatwave helped to sell more pints and glasses of Pimm's. Wetherspoon raised its profit guidance for the year and the chairman and founder, Tim Martin, said he was "more bullish" after the positive period.

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