Major incident declared in London as fires surge amid record heatwave

A major incident was declared in London on Tuesday as fires tore through residential areas of the capital during the 40C heatwave.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) came under "immense pressure" as crews tackled a number of significant blazes spread across the capital.It came as the mercury soared to 40.3C in Coningsby in Lincolnshire, beating the previous record for the UK of 38.7C in Cambridge three years ago, by 1.6C. At least 29 observation sites across England have provisionally broken the previous all-time record, the Met Office said.The hottest temperature in London was recorded in Heathrow at 12.20pm, where the mercury reached 40.2C.

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