News A man sits under the sun at the Centenario park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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

Most City analysts had pencilled in about £433 million pre-tax profit for easyJet

EasyJet lifts profit forecast after rivals start to pull out of routes

EasyJet flew still higher today with shares up almost 8 per cent as struggling competitors pulling out of routes helped the budget carrier put out a stronger-than-expected profit forecast for this year.

Thunder, hail and lightning: Heavy storms mark climax of longest heatwave for nearly 40 years

Threat of flash flooding as localised, torrential downpours hit sun-baked ground

Sheep graze on a dried river bed in Hertfordshire. Heat-baked ground could lead to localised flooding in the wake of the heatwave

Don't pack the shorts away yet! Clouds cover south and east, but sun to return next week - along with weather warnings and potential flooding

Heat and humidity will bring a good chance of heavy showers and even thunder

The Independent's Tom Peck

Shut up the windows and tuck into a curry: Hot tips for surviving the heatwave

Short of moving somewhere cold, how do you beat the heat? Tom Peck tried some of the many suggestions for staying cool

Monitoring officers Emily Huntingford, Sally Richardson and Imogen Nicholson and Fisheries officer Laura Bullock of the Environment Agency search a remaining pool of water in the dried bed of the River Teme, in north Herefordshire, for fish that have become trapped due to falling water levels falling

Heatwave Britain: Lousy weather for fish - stand by for 33C highs

Humid air heading up from France as we head for another sweltering Wednesday

Heatwave death toll: Up to 760 killed and total may double as temperatures above 30C set to continue

The heatwave has been responsible for as many as 760 deaths, according to official calculations, as the UK enters the sixth day of plus-30C temperatures.

Mitcham Common fire

Wildfire warning: Heatwave death toll as high as 760 - and farms at risk

UK experiences sixth consecutive day of over 30C temperatures

After Tesco tells customers to keep their clothes on, where is no-shirt a no-go?

It is no unfamiliar sight on a British day averaging above 20 degrees – men and women of all shapes and sizes shedding their clothes and taking to public places.

Body politic: After Movember, here comes Armpits4August

New campaign aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by encouraging women to grow their armpit hair for the month of August

Market Report: Miner Hochschild climbs on cost cuts

The City isn’t known for penny-pinching, but news that a mining company was taking control of spending, slashing bosses’ pay and culling the number of executives sent it to the top of the mid-tier index.

Swimmers enjoy the sunshine at an outdoor pool in central London

Keep your clothes on, says Tesco as health warning is raised over heatwave

Met Office issues alert amid longest hot spell for seven years

Two men killed after swimming in disused quarry in Norfolk

Bodies found in the water as police and health organisations issue warnings about staying safe during the hot weather

Justin Rose walks on the seventh green during a practice round

The Open 2013: Only the truly kingly need apply for the crown in East Lothian

It will take a champion of champions to join the list of greats at one of the great courses

Heatwave Britain: Foreign holidays suffer meltdown

As bathers in Margate enjoy higher temperatures than tourists in Tenerife and the Algarve, Britain’s heatwave is hitting foreign-holiday bookings as badly as the volcanic ash crisis did in 2010.

Wildfire warning as Britain enjoys best summer in years

Fire chiefs say nature reserves are under threat while forecasters expect 32C in the South-east

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