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UK weather - live updates: Hottest day of the year recorded as heatwave sees Heathrow hit 35C

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Joe Sommerlad
Thursday 26 July 2018 11:12 BST
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UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

As the UK heatwave continues, many are starting to find the extreme weather all a bit much.

Commuters are growing weary of sweating in their cars or being pressed into packed carriages on London's Tube, gardeners fear for their wilting plants while stocks of sun tan lotion, ice cream and cold drinks can only hold out so long.

In what has been an extraordinary period for the British Isles, a hosepipe ban has come into affect in northern areas, historic foundations have reappeared in parched fields and the country has turned from green to brown on satellite maps.

Here's the latest on the situation.

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Welcome to The Independent's rolling coverage of the apparently never-ending summer heatwave! 

The grass is drier than the Serengeti, commuting is a nightmare and winter coats are but a distant memory. 

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Here's the latest from the Met Office this morning: 

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Britain's bookmakers have cut the odds on the country's all-time highest temperature of 38.5C being surpassed this summer from 4/1 to odds-on 10/11 following the so-called "Mediterranean Melt".

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: "There’s nothing that Brits look forward to more than news of a good old heatwave and bookies are going one further claiming there’s a 53% chance of recording the highest ever temperature."

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Can we expect lots more heatwaves in the future and is this the new normal? 

Here's The Independent's Science Correspondent Josh Gabbatis to answer these ominous questions.

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Comedian Rob Beckett speaking for an entire nation here

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