UK weather: Too hot for shirts as London Tube passengers strip off

UK weather: Too hot for shirts as London Tube passengers strip off

Male train passengers have been going shirtless in an effort to cope with the searing temperatures as Britain was gripped by a heatwave.
Commuters have been stripping to the waist on the London Underground and train networks around the country as they face arduous journeys home in baking weather.
The heat was all too much for some men, who took off their shirts as they rode on public transport.
One shirtless man was seen working on his laptop on an air-conditioned train from London King's Cross to Ely in Cambridgeshire while another tried to cool down on the tube with his phone resting on his chest.
Another Londoner tried to beat the scorching rays by creating his own beach in the middle of Blackfriars Bridge by sitting in a deck chair with a pile of sand at his feet while wearing an umbrella hat.
Britain has been enduring its second-hottest day ever today with the mercury hitting 99.9F (37.7C) amid health warnings, melting pavements and major train disruption on what is being dubbed 'Tropical Thursday'. 
Temperatures hit 100.6F (38.1C) in Cambridge at 3.30pm - making it the warmest July day on record and the second hottest day in UK history behind the 101.3F (38.5C) in August 2003 - with the mercury still set to rise.  A shirtless passenger on a rush-hour Victoria line train on the sweltering London Underground this morning
A shirtless passenger on a rush-hour Victoria line train on the sweltering London Underground this morning
A man rides shirtless on an air-conditioned Great Northern train from London King's Cross to Ely in Cambridgeshire todayA shirtless man walks along Regent Street in Central London today as the capital endures the heatwave A shirtless man walks along Regent Street in Central London today as the capital endures the heatwave
A shirtless man walks along Regent Street in Central London today as the capital endures the heatwaveSticky: Platforms were left overflowing as commuters rushed to exit central London. One man was seen trying to coll down in the heat on the Central Line with his phone stuck to his chest Sticky: Platforms were left overflowing as commuters rushed to exit central London. One man was seen trying to coll down in the heat on the Central Line with his phone stuck to his chest
Sticky: Platforms were left overflowing as commuters rushed to exit central London. One man was seen trying to coll down in the heat on the Central Line with his phone stuck to his chestPictured: Sunbathers make the most of today's sweltering weather as they relax on the beach in Margate, Kent, as Great Britain melts Pictured: Sunbathers make the most of today's sweltering weather as they relax on the beach in Margate, Kent, as Great Britain melts
Pictured: Sunbathers make the most of today's sweltering weather as they relax on the beach in Margate, Kent, as Great Britain melts
A rambler collapsed in the heat in Dorset, surfaces melted in Grimsby and Londoners faced searing heat on the Tube with the high humidity expected to make temperatures feel like 109F (43C) in the South East this afternoon.
East Midlands Trains urged passengers 'do not travel', while Thameslink said 'you are strongly advised not to travel', after the heat caused damage to overhead electric wires between London St Pancras and Luton. In Greater Manchester, firefighters hosed down Barton swing bridge in Salford to avoid it buckling in the heat.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters who use Southeastern, Greater Anglia, Southern, Gatwick Express, London North Eastern, West Midlands and Great Northern trains also faced delays, cancellations and overcrowding today. The West Coast main line in Greater Manchester along with other services in the county are facing major disruption.
Police were called after scuffles broke out at the Brockwell and Parliament Hill lidos in London as hundreds of people tried to get in, while food was removed from the shelves of a Sainsbury's in Bolton after its fridges broke.
As hundreds of thousands of people sunbathed in beaches and parks, fan sales rose 200 per cent at some stores and bosses at Madame Tussauds Blackpool had to move waxworks out of direct sunlight to avoid them melting.
A shirtless passenger on a rush-hour Victoria line train on the sweltering London Underground this morningPolice warned people over swimming in the heatwave after three men drowned and another was reported missing, while racing at Southwell was abandoned with two races remaining due to the 'extreme temperatures'.  One Londoner beat the scorching temperatures by creating his own beach in the middle of Blackfriars Bridge yesterday. The scene was photographed by holidaymaker Tom Evison, 44, who is visiting the UK from Australia, and posted on Facebook One Londoner beat the scorching temperatures by creating his own beach in the middle of Blackfriars Bridge yesterday. The scene was photographed by holidaymaker Tom Evison, 44, who is visiting the UK from Australia, and posted on Facebook
One Londoner beat the scorching temperatures by creating his own beach in the middle of Blackfriars Bridge yesterday. The scene was photographed by holidaymaker Tom Evison, 44, who is visiting the UK from Australia, and posted on Facebook
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