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UK and Europe heat wave news: Live updates

LONDON – Temperatures in north London reached 34C (94F) on Monday afternoon, but residents were looking forward to Tuesday, which was expected to be even hotter.

As the temperature rose in the afternoon, Mona Sulaiman, 45, and her friend Zina Al-Amin, 40, waited for the bus.

Mrs Suleiman from Eritrea said: I don’t care about myself in this heat. But I’m worried about my kids.”

Her apartment is very hot, and despite being advised to keep the 6-10 year olds home from school, she decides to send them indoors because they are too cold.

Most schools are in the last week of classes before summer break and have done their best to keep children cool in old buildings, especially unsuitable for high temperatures. At a primary school on Portobello Road, staff set up a pool and children could be heard laughing in the street.

“Especially at night, it’s very hot in my apartment in the summer,” said Ms Sulaiman, who worried it would become unbearable on Monday night.

Ms Al-Amin said women wearing Islamic and traditional dress in lightweight cotton dresses and headscarves were concerned about getting on the bus regardless of the weather outside.

“At this point, it’s very difficult,” he said. “Not enough air.”

In Hyde Park, a few sunbathers braved the midday heat and laid out blankets on the parched grass. Steps away, would-be swimmers are led away from the serpentine lido, where a sign touts the facility’s capacity. Among them were Lalo Laredo, 19, and Rachel Trippier, 22, who were disappointed to be turned away, but noted that the 26 degrees Celsius (78.8 Fahrenheit) warm water temperature would be really bad.

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Ms Laredo lamented: “London is not really good for days like this” and lamented the lack of places to cool off in the scorching heat.

Trippier added that he was concerned about the new reality of rising temperature extremes.

Mrs. Laredo agreed. “It’s always in the back of our minds,” he said. “It’s disappointing that people still deny it.”

Across central London, people near St Paul’s Cathedral don’t mind the lunchtime sunshine. Some runners avoided traffic and pedestrians in the scorching heat. Tourists stood in the shadow of the cathedral, reviewing maps on their phones. Office workers braved the heat outside wearing suit jackets and grabbing fast food.

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Bars benefited from the scorching heat. “Ice ice baby!” It’s written on a sign outside the pub called Butternoster. “Refreshing peach iced tea or iced coffee!”

On weekdays, the pub usually has at least 80 people for lunch. But on Monday, when many workers were encouraged to work from home, there were five.

“You’re usually busier than this,” said Sam Jordan, a 22-year-old bartender. “I think a lot of office workers are working from home.”

In nearby Paternoster Square, about 36 people sat on lawn chairs or picnic tables, some of them dining in the shade and watching the big screen set up weeks ago to watch Wimbledon. On Monday, people watched the show about politics and the upcoming battle to elect a new prime minister.

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Marilyn Tan said she got off the plane in Singapore, which is slightly colder than London, clutching a safety parachute.

“It had no effect on me,” Ms Tan, 57, said. “I’m fine. I didn’t even tie my hair.