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first_imgVisitors at Kew Gardens braving the hottest weather Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has confirmed, as temperatures rocketed past 34C (93F). A temperature of 34.4C was recorded at Gravesend in Kent, making it the hottest September day since 1911. Heathrow and Kew Gardens followed as they both recorded temperatures of 32.8C at lunchtime.  When you step outside today and it feels like you’re stumbling through the deserts of Tatooine #heatwave— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) 13 September 2016 “There are some torrential downpours passing through parts of the country at the moment but they will ease probably in the next two hours.”Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach has been postponed – with pictures showing huge amounts of water on the pitch. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for the North West, North East, Yorkshire and into parts of Scotland saying the deluge could cause flash flooding and travel disruption. The weather in London is so perfect today. See you outside.— Peter Smith (@OneMorePeter) September 13, 2016 Meteorologist Mark Wilson said “there has been a lot of rain in a very short space of time” in the North West – along with “a lot” of thunder and lightning.”Prestbury has had 32.4mm of rain in an hour – which is pretty exceptional,” he added. “The warning we put out does talk about the risk of up to 30mm in an hour. Did someone say ice-lolly treats? What better way to cool off on the hottest day in September since 1949! #heatwave— ZSL London Zoo (@zsllondonzoo) 13 September 2016 Others were fed up with the constant updates and reminded those not living in London that elsewhere it was raining:  Today is set to stay hot across the country! Help your cool cats enjoy the late summer sun:— RSPCA (@RSPCA_official) 13 September 2016 Thunder and lightning over ManchesterCredit:Richard Amofa Now that was some rain! ☹️ #cityvbmg #mcfc— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2016 When you forget to check the forecast and arrive at work layered up #heatwave— Tate (@Tate) 13 September 2016 🌡Heathrow and Kew Gardens have recorded a temperature of 32.8 °C, making it the hottest September day since 1949🌡 #heatwave— Met Office (@metoffice) September 13, 2016 Punters on the River Cam in CambridgeCredit:David Rose “Most heat disorders occur because someone has been over-exposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition,” he said. “Simple steps such as avoiding exposure to the hottest time of the day, drinking plenty of fluids and even simply wearing a hat on hot days can all make a real difference. Manchester Airport also tweeted saying: “The adverse weather continues to affect flights. Please contact your airlines for specific inquiries.”Chaos also ensued on the Manchester Metrolink network with various lines suspended throughout the evening as the rain fell on the region. In a tweet the travel company provider said the weather affected their “comms, substations and trams”.Elsewhere in the country, West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to three different houses affected by lightning, and in Cornwall and Devon the heavy downpours also caused flooding in parts.It was a different story for most of the South, which basked in a heatwave. A heatwave alert is triggered when the daily maximum temperature is expected to exceed the average by 5C (9F) for more than two consecutive days.  Even in the South East, the average September maximum is only 18.9C ( 66F) so the soaring temperatures are well beyond what is needed to trigger a heatwave. Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather at Green Park in LondonCredit:ANDY RAIN Outside in the midst of a #heatwave with no ice cream van visit this week like #ButWhyIsTheIceCreamGone— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) 13 September 2016 Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather at Green Park in London Some people got a bit apocalyptic …And there was plenty of advice on looking after pets in hot weather How to stay chic during a September heatwave Hot enough for you, Earthlets? Cool off with a FREE Alan Moore ‘Future Shock’!— 2000 AD (@2000AD) 13 September 2016 Supporeters of Borussia Moenchengladbach look on in the rain prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium Hot in London today. Lunchtime run nearly meant a by-election in #Plymouth— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerMP) September 13, 2016 I am too ginger for this weather #heatwave— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) September 13, 2016 On my lunch break, thoroughly enjoying the #heatwave in Bath today..— George Aylett 🌹 (@GeorgeAylett) September 13, 2016 “As we’re in September, the sun may not be as strong but the temperature is still high. People will be losing fluids more quickly, especially if they’re exercising outside, so it’s important to keep hydrated.”If someone does become dehydrated give them plenty of fluids to drink. Water is good, but coconut water, milk and even tea will do the trick.”The weather also prompted two hedgehog orphanages to issue a warning, urging residents to leave out shallow bowls of water for the animals.  The wildlife orphanage wrote on Twitter: “Hot weather this week, so please leave a shallow bowl of water for young hedgehogs who’ve just left mum.”  The weather caused a stir on social media, with hundreds of people commenting on the unexpectedly hot temperatures, which make some parts of Britain hotter than Bangkok, Ibiza and Marrakesh.Lots of people welcomed the high temperatures and the fact that they could eat lunch outside:  Supporeters of Borussia Moenchengladbach look on in the rain prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad StadiumCredit:Getty Elsewhere on Twitter:Branded accounts hopped on the #heatwave bandwagon Share & RT!Your #pets really suffer in a #heatwave🐾🐾#hottestdayoftheyear #doglover #animalsarefamily #thepetreader— The Pet Reader™️ (@ThePetReader) 13 September 2016 Thunder and lightning over Manchester London mid-September and it’s 31C outside. Shorts weather. WOW.— T (@burukuru) September 13, 2016 When you hear the ice cream van coming in a #heatwave. #AutumnVibes— ITV2 (@itv2) 13 September 2016 Large parts of England were placed on heatwave alert, the first time Public Health England has ever issued a warning in September, with hot and humid weather forecast for the next few days. Heading into Wednesday the Met Office said it would be a drier day across the country, with another warm day expected in the South East – where the mercury could reach into the low 20s or up to 30C (86F).However, there was a striking North/South divide as parts of northern England and Scotland suffered bad flooding. How do you keep a hot dog cool? The lovely folks at @BDCH have got the #heatwave sorted! 🐶🍦— BBC Three (@bbcthree) September 13, 2016 In this hot weather, ensure pets don’t overheat through overexertion. Fetch should be conducted like this. #heatwave— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) 13 September 2016 Who else is feeling the heat today? #hottestdayoftheyear #heatwave #BWAAAH— Ubisoft UK (@UbisoftUK) 13 September 2016 Humans are crawling into fridges. Snails are in flames. Birds are walking. Bins are actually melting. #heatwave— craig stone (@craigstone_) 13 September 2016 I’m not saying this #heatwave is hot but this just happened.— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) 13 September 2016 I know it’s all about #weather but huge thunderstorms, hail and power cuts in #verwood #Dorset and unbelievable head in #London #crazyday— Laura Castell (@ljcastell) September 13, 2016 Visitors at Kew Gardens braving the hottest weatherCredit:Paul Grover Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said: “Because the heat is going to arrive very soon, think today about what you can do, and for those around you, to stay cool during the daytime and particularly at night.“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.  Punters on the River Cam in Cambridge The current heatwave warnings have only been in place since 2012, but this is the first September warning so far.Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross, warned Britons to stay indoors at lunchtime and drink plenty of fluids. It’s hotting up this week with temps of 31°C in East Anglia and SE Eng!— MeteoGroup UK (@WeatherCast_UK) September 12, 2016 “To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too.” Thank God everyone is posting screenshots of weather forecasts on facebook. I was beginning to worry I wouldnt know how hot London is today— Lush Juan (@ClassicWillard) September 13, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more