In Pictures: Britain swelters as temperatures soar
Sun worshippers were out in force on beaches and at sporting events as the mercury rose and the UK recorded the hottest day of the year so far for the third day in a row.
The Met Office said temperatures reached 30.7C (82F) at Heathrow just after midday on Friday.
The highest recorded June temperature in the UK was 35.6C (95F) at Southampton Mayflower Park in June 1976, and forecasters do not expect the record to be surpassed this week.
Away from the beaches, city lidos such as London Fields Lido, in Hackney, east London were an ideal spot to spend a sunny morning.
This year’s Royal Ascot could come close to the hottest on record, forecasters have said.
Predicted high temperatures have meant men in all enclosures at Ascot were allowed to remove their jackets and ties once the traditional royal carriage procession had ended on the fourth day of racing.
Sir Colin Blakemore, the former Oxford Professor of Physiology and head of the Medical Research Council, who has died aged 78, endured threats, letter bombs and even parcels of HIV-infected hypodermic needles sent to his children, yet he remained Britain’s most outspoken advocate of vivisection and became one of the country’s best-known scientists, campaigning on issues such as drugs policy and libel reform.
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The Nashville Zoo announced that its seven-week-old male bontebok antelope calf made his public debut in the mixed-species Africa Field habitat, in a statement released on June 29.The calf, named Rhoden, was born on May 6 and had been living off-exhibit with his mom, Eclair, the Nashville Zoo said. The zoo now has four bontebok in their care, including the new calf, it said.Video released by the Nashville Zoo shows Rhoden leaping and bounding around his new home.Nashville Zoo Lead Hoofstock Keeper Nikole Edmunds said, “Eclair gave birth naturally without assistance and she is doing great as a first-time mom taking care of her calf.” This is the second successful bontebok birth at the Nashville Zoo since 2017, the zoo said. Credit: Nashville Zoo via Storyful
R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex trafficking charges. In September 2020, a jury in New York convicted the R&B artist, 55, of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes committed over thirty years.