People in the UK are bracing for even hotter temperatures after the national all-time heat record was shattered with a reading of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit) before midday, the UK Met Office tweeted.
People across the country, who are typically unprepared for extreme heat, experienced temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.
By 11 a.m., temperatures reached 36.9 degrees Celsius (98.42 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, the Met Office said. Other parts of west London, including Heathrow, reached 36.6 degrees Celsius (97.88 degrees Fahrenheit), and St. James Park in central London reached 36.6 degrees Celsius (97.88 degrees Fahrenheit).
The UK is bracing for multiple extreme heat records to be broken in various places today, the country's national weather agency warned.
Monday's temperatures reached 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) in eastern England's Santon Downham, making it the third hottest day on record, while the UK had its hottest night ever.