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UK heatwave comes to sticky end with thunderstorms and hail

Warnings issued for east and south-east of England, but forecasters say record July temperature could yet be broken

The UK heatwave came to an abrupt end on Friday night as forecasters warned that heavy thunderstorms could cause flash floods and danger to life. The Met Office issued an amber alert for thunderstorms for parts of England, days after issuing a warning for high temperatures and advising people to stay out of the sun.

Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist

Exclusive: Prof Michael Mann declares the impacts of global warming are now ‘playing out in real-time’

• Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

The extreme heatwaves and wildfires wreaking havoc around the globe are “the face of climate change”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has declared, with the impacts of global warming now “playing out in real time”.

UK hospitals rush to buy air coolers as patients and staff swelter

Increase in ice deliveries to wards also among emergency heatwave measures

Hospitals are buying emergency supplies of air coolers, delivering ice to wards and hosing down their roofs in an attempt to help staff and patients cope with the heatwave.

Patients in many hospitals are being encouraged to eat foods that contain a lot of water, such as fruit, yoghurt and salads, to help them stay hydrated, while others are providing ice cream.

Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer

In the town of Sodankyla, Finland, the thermometer on July 17 registered a record-breaking 90 degrees, a remarkable figure given that Sodankyla is 59 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in a region known for winter snowmobiling and an abundance of reindeer.

This is a hot, strange and dangerous summer across the planet.

Lightning strikes disrupt rail services in northern England

London North Eastern Railway, Northern and Transpennine Express trains all affected

Rail services in northern England have been disrupted after lightning struck signal boxes in York and Doncaster.

All services running through Leeds and York were affected, including London North Eastern Railway (LNER) trains on the east coast mainline between London and Scotland.

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UK ‘woefully unprepared’ for deadly heatwaves, warn MPs

There is little government action to ensure homes, hospitals, schools and transport can deal with extreme heat, say MPs, with heat deaths set to triple as climate change bites further

The UK is “woefully unprepared” for deadly heatwaves, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with the government ignoring warnings from its official climate change adviser.

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