The UK has had its hottest day of the year, as temperatures soared across southern England.
The Met Office said Heathrow and Northolt in west London had reached 34C (93.2F) making it one of the warmest June days for about 40 years.
Friday was previously the warmest day of 2019, with temperatures reaching 30C (86F) at Achnagart in the Highlands.
A heatwave across Europe saw France record its all-time highest temperature of 45.9C (114.6F) on Friday.
People flocking to the seaside were forced to take detours after the M5 was closed in Somerset in both directions because of problems with overhead power cables.
At Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, the temperature was expected to peak at 28C (82.4F), with organisers giving away free sun cream and water to help combat the heat.
Festival-goers reported long queues, with freelance journalist Sara Spary saying it took almost an hour to refill her water bottle.
Organisers said there was “no water shortage” and the supply was “running as normal”, although it has put restrictions on showers as it usually does in hot weather. It said its 850 taps all have a ready supply of water.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of thunderstorms and lightning for parts of northern England and south-east Scotland for Saturday evening.
Temperatures are expected to drop overnight across the UK as cold air moves in from the Atlantic, sweeping away the humidity, said BBC forecaster Matt Taylor.
He said: “There won’t be the same humidity on Sunday but there will be sunshine at times and it will feel quite pleasant.”
He added that while central and eastern parts of the UK saw the hottest and most humid conditions on Saturday, the sunshine gave way to some storms in Northern Ireland.
“These are now pushing their way eastward to cross Scotland and the far north of England.”
Earlier, England’s most senior nurse called on people to “check in on neighbours and loved ones who can suffer the most from heat and pollen”.
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, also said it was important to drink plenty of water, use a high-factor sunscreen and take allergy medication if you need it.
NHS England and emergency services have also warned the public to take extra care.
It follows the death of 12-year-old Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in Greater Manchester on Thursday.
And animal charity the RSPCA issued advice for pet owners to help them keep their animals cool.
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London’s mayor and several councils have called for a new system to be introduced for anyone wishing to offer short-term lets for visitors to the city.
Landlords cannot legally rent out their homes in the capital for more than 90 nights a year under strict regulations, but a BBC investigation found some landlords were being encouraged to break the rules.
The group have written to the government calling for a new mandatory registration system, so landlords would have to log short lets to tourists online.
Stoke City have signed Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for £2m and goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielders Jordan Cousins and Nick Powell and striker Lee Gregory on free transfers.
The club have not disclosed the length of deals that the quintet have signed.
Lindsay, 23 and Davies, 26, helped the Tykes win promotion by finishing second in League One in 2018-19.
Cousins, 25, Powell, 25, and Gregory, 30, left QPR, Wigan and Millwall respectively at the end of last season.
Gregory scored 64 goals in 204 league appearances for the Lions after joining from non-league Halifax in June 2014.
Cousins played under Potters boss Nathan Jones when he was in the academy at Charlton, while former Manchester United man Powell scored 29 goals in 92 league appearances for the Latics.
Jones told the club website: “I’m really pleased that we have managed to make these five signings. It has been an ongoing process for three to four months and I’d like to thank the club because they have backed my judgement.
“I’m delighted to get these guys in as early as we have done, although we still have a little bit of work to do.”
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Jeremy Hunt has added his voice to calls for Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson to answer questions about a row with his girlfriend which led to police being called to their address.
Mr Hunt said someone who wants to be PM “should answer questions on everything”.
Cabinet minister Liam Fox said it was better to explain what happened than allow it to become a “distraction”.
But MPs campaigning for Mr Johnson argue that it is a private matter.
Leadership frontrunner Mr Johnson refused to answer questions on the issue on Saturday at a Conservative Party hustings held as part of the contest to replace Theresa May as leader and ultimately prime minister.
It comes after a neighbour called police and recorded a heated row at the home Mr Johnson shares with his partner, Carrie Symonds, in Camberwell, south London.
Defending his actions, neighbour Tom Penn told the Guardian he had been worried about his neighbours’ safety, adding: “I hope that anybody would have done the same thing.”
He said he began recording from inside his flat, after he heard “slamming and banging” in the early hours of Friday.
In the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Ms Symonds could reportedly be heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
Asked about the issue, Mr Hunt told Sky News: “I think someone who wants to be PM should answer questions on everything, but I’m not going to comment on character.”
But the foreign secretary also said he thought the story about Mr Johnson’s row with his girlfriend was “irrelevant to the leadership debate” because the country was in “such a serious situation” over Brexit.
“What happens in people’s personal lives is really a matter for them.
“What people care about is who is going to be the wise prime minister who navigates this country out of the biggest constitutional crisis in our lifetimes.”
Later, to the BBC, he repeated his calls for Mr Johnson to debate live with him on television, and accused him of “not answering” the “difficult” questions about Brexit.
The comments came after International Trade Secretary Mr Fox – a backer of Mr Hunt – told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that it was “always easier to just give an explanation” about what had happened.
“The key thing is then how you get on to the issues,” he said.
“What we can’t have is it being a distraction from explanations about wider policy.”
He said it was “fair” for candidates to be asked questions about their character, but added: “I’m not sure what we’ve seen over the last few days is a fair reflection of that.”
But Mr Fox dismissed suggestions that Mr Johnson’s private life made him a potential security risk.
Recalling Mr Johnson’s previous role in government, he said: “Do you think Theresa May would make him foreign secretary if there were genuine worries about him being a security risk?”
“I think we have to get away from these distractions and talk about policy issues.”
Meanwhile, speaking to John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said Mr Johnson had a proven record, so “people know what he’s like in office”.
Asked about the row, she said: “There’s no point asking me. I believe it’s a private matter – I don’t think the public are concerned about that.
“Boris served for eight years as mayor of London, did a brilliant job; he’s served as foreign secretary – people know what he’s like in office, and that’s what’s important.”
But shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said Mr Johnson was “completely unsuitable” to be prime minister.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “In one sense, of course, it is a private matter, but when you’re running for public office, when you are wanting to be the prime minister of the UK, then these matters are in the public interest.
“I’ve long held the view that Boris Johnson is unsuitable to be prime minister of this country.”
On Saturday, Mr Johnson repeatedly avoided questions about the incident as he and Mr Hunt made their pitches to Tory party members on why they should succeed Mrs May as prime minister.
When the event moderator, Iain Dale, accused him of ducking the question, Mr Johnson did not respond directly, instead saying: “People are entitled to ask me what I want to do for the country.”
Mr Dale was heckled by some in the audience when he continued to press the MP, but Mr Johnson later defended his persistence.
“There will have been lots of other people in the audience who didn’t boo, and who actually did want to hear the answer to that question,” Mr Dale told the BBC.
It was the first of 16 events, or hustings, to choose the next Conservative party leader – and prime minister – following Mrs May’s resignation after she failed to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.
She remains in office until her successor is found.
Conservative Party members will vote for their next leader after an initial list of 10 candidates to replace Mrs May was whittled down to Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson following a series of votes by Tory MPs.
Members will receive their ballots between 6 and 8 July, with the new leader expected to be announced in the week beginning 22 July.
Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.
The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
But he said he had been “genuinely worried” she may have been armed.
Ms Barker told the BBC Mr Field should “reflect on what he did” and suggested he “go to anger management classes”.
“He certainly manhandled me in a way in which was very disagreeable,” she said, but added that she did not intend to complain to the police.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said there were also “very serious questions to be asked” about security, as a “large number” of protesters had apparently managed to “walk through” to the event at London’s Mansion House.
Footage of the incident involving Mr Field has been widely shared on social media, with several Labour politicians calling for him to be sacked.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Prime Minister Theresa May had “seen the footage” and “found it very concerning”.
She added that Mr Field had “referred himself to both the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party. He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.”
Climate change protesters – wearing suits, red dresses and sashes with “climate emergency” written on them – entered Mansion House on Thursday night, as Mr Hammond was beginning his speech on the state of the economy.
One of them began reading an alternative speech.
As Ms Barker walked past his table, Mr Field stood up, stopped her and pushed her against a column.
The Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster then put a hand on the back of her neck and led her out of the room.
‘We were polite’
Before his suspension, Mr Field told ITV News that guests had “understandably felt threatened” and he had “instinctively reacted” when Ms Barker rushed past.
“There was no security present and I was, for a split second, genuinely worried she might have been armed,” Mr Field said.
He added: “I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her, but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.”
Ms Barker told the BBC the purpose of the protest had been to speak to “men who are in power, the bankers, the investors that are continuing to invest into fossil fuels”.
“We were polite with people and said: ‘We’re here to deliver a message’,” she said.
City of London Police said they were looking into “a number of third-party reports of a possible assault”.
Asked if she felt Mr Field’s actions amounted to criminal assault, Ms Barker said: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t want this to turn into a mud-slinging match.”
The activist, who travelled from her home in Wales to take part in Thursday’s protest, said: “350 people were there and only one person reacted that way.
“It’s more the behaviour of that individual. I want him to reflect on what he did and not do it again. Maybe he should go to anger management classes.”
Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler tweeted: “This is horrific… [Mark Field] must immediately be suspended or sacked.”
But Mr Field was defended by some of his colleagues, with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer tweeting: “He panicked, he’s not trained in restraint and arrest, and if you think this is ‘serious violence’ you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities.”
Another Conservative MP, Bob Stewart, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that Mr Field had “probably” placed his hand on Ms Barker’s neck because if he had “touched her anywhere else he’d probably have been deemed highly inappropriate”.
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt, who, as Foreign Secretary, is Mr Field’s boss, said: “Mark has issued a full and unreserved apology. He recognised that what happened was an over-reaction.
“In his interest and in the interest of the lady involved we need a proper [Cabinet Office] inquiry and that’s what going to happen.”
The City of London Corporation said it was investigating how security had been breached at Mansion House, adding it would be “reviewing arrangements for future events”.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Radlett (day four):|
|Middlesex 410: Stirling 138, Robson 107 & 125-4 Gubbins 38; Labuschagne 2-25|
|Glamorgan 288: Lloyd 59, Labuschagne 51, Cullen 50; Finn 5-75|
|Middlesex (12 pts) drew with Glamorgan (9 pts)|
Middlesex and Glamorgan saw the chances of a positive finish ruined by the return of rain early on the final afternoon.
Middlesex were heading towards a declaration at 125 for 4 in their second innings, a lead of 247.
Glamorgan faced the prospect of a difficult target of around 280, or about 50 overs to survive in tricky conditions.
Middlesex took 12 points from the weather-hit match to Glamorgan’s nine.
The home side enjoyed the better of the match overall thanks to centuries from Sam Robson and Paul Stirling and some hostile bowling from Steve Finn, but Glamorgan’s batting crucially showed enough resolve to avoid the follow-on.
The Welsh county remain unbeaten halfway through their Championship season, a remarkable turn-around after 10 defeats in 2018.
League Two club Leyton Orient have signed forward Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year old joins the O’s having netted 12 times in 23 National League games for the Daggers last term.
The forward has also had spells in the football league at Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
He scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Earlier, Orient chairman Nigel Travis told supporters that the club planned to “build on” Justin Edinburgh’s coaching team when they name a successor to their late manager.
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A British-Iranian mother detained in Iran has begun a new hunger strike.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who is joining her in refusing food, said she wanted her unconditional release.
It comes amid growing tensions between the UK and Iran, after Britain said the Iranian regime was “almost certainly” responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Iran has denied being behind Thursday’s explosions but the UK Foreign Office said “no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged Iran to “do the right thing” and release Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary that she had begun a hunger strike – although she would still drink water – to protest her “unfair imprisonment”.
He added that his wife sounded “nervous but calm”.
“Her demand from the strike, she said, is for unconditional release.
“She has long been eligible for it. I do not know the response from the Iranian authorities,” he said.
He said his wife had made the decision following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella.
Gabriella has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother’s arrest and is living with her maternal grandparents.
“Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella’s fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something – to mark to both governments – that enough is enough,” Mr Ratcliffe said.
“This really has gone on too long.”
Friends and family gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London on Saturday, singing Happy Birthday via a video call to Gabriella, who celebrated her birthday on 11 June, and sharing a unicorn-shaped birthday cake.
As he began his own hunger strike, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I said that if she did it again I would stand in solidarity with her.
“A hunger strike in prison, nobody gets to see it – a hunger strike here is much more public. I will keep her story public.”
The next UK prime minister should make it their top priority to “protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture”, said Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe has urged the Iranian authorities to allow British embassy officials to visit her to check on her health during her hunger strike.
He said that if she was not freed within the next few weeks, he wanted the Iranians to grant a visa so he could visit her himself.
The 40-year-old aid worker was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.
She is serving a five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Mr Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in March, but Tehran refuses to acknowledge her dual nationality.
Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen said her plight was “truly heart-breaking”.
“Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments – including months in solitary confinement and endless game-playing over whether she would receive vital medical care,” she said.
Homes have been evacuated, motorists stranded and trains cancelled as flooding hit parts of England.
The Environment Agency has issued 20 flood warnings and 64 alerts across the country.
The majority are across the Midlands and North West, although warnings are also in place in Ruswarp, near Whitby and Christchurch in Hampshire.
The Met Office has given yellow warnings for rain across Manchester, Liverpool and the North East.
The River Steeping at Thorpe St Peter near Skegness, Lincolnshire, burst its banks on Wednesday night following heavy rain.
The rising river also caused problems in Wainfleet, where residents have been evacuated.
Jean Hart, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.
“To see our house underwater is absolutely horrendous,” she said.
Emergency services have said they will rescue her tortoise Mr T from her home, while she has already been reunited with her cat Aurora.
The Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham has been delayed due to rain, with a pitch inspection due at 11:30 BST.
Rail services between Skegness and Boston have been suspended until Saturday due to flooding, while Merseyrail has cancelled some trains on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines because of water on the tracks at Hooton.
The company said journeys “could be significantly longer” and has launched an amended timetable with replacement buses.
Standing water is also causing problems on many North West roads, including the M53.
Health bosses are warning people heading to Arrowe Park Hospital to avoid using junction 3 of the motorway.
Motorists including a minibus of Indian tourists became trapped at Lambley, near Nottingham, overnight and were taken in by local residents.
Resident Malcolm Bamford said: “We had two in our house and the neighbours had three, and then there was a group of about eight Indian tourists in a little tiny bus and they all wanted to use the toilet.
“At one time we had about a dozen people in my little bungalow.”
In Derby, Oakwood Infant and Nursery school is closed today and tomorrow because of flood damage.
Trains are also expected to be disrupted all day between Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
National Rail Enquiries said heavy rain had flooded the tracks between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 10mm of rainfall in the space of an hour on Thursday morning, the Met Office said.
The village had 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period – more than the 66.4mm average for the whole of June.
Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm fall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire had 30mm fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank, Worcestershire.
Dave Throup from the Environment Agency said he thought Shropshire and Lincolnshire were the areas that received the most rain.
“I think between four and six inches has fallen in parts of Shropshire and certainly at least two inches, 50mm generally,” he said.
Heavy downpours across England are causing major disruption for road and rail users.
Network Rail said some areas had seen two months’ worth of rainfall in one day with drains overwhelmed.
Rail operator Southern has advised people to avoid travelling, delay journeys or use alternative routes.
A total of 31 flood alerts are in place across the country, with some areas set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day.
Southern tweeted that “train services running across the whole network will be cancelled or delayed”.
A Network Rail spokesman said engineers were “out in force” pumping water away from areas.
“Across the south east, we suffered over a month’s worth of rainfall in just one day and in some areas the downpours equated to two months’ rain,” he said.
“We’ll continue working to keep passengers moving and then we’ll review the drainage systems which have suffered problems to see if we can do any more to avoid similar incidents in the future.”
In Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the River Waring was transformed into a raging torrent after hours of heavy rainfall.
Police in the town warned motorists and pedestrians that “great care” was needed “due to the large amounts of surface flood water and rising drains and rivers”.
Leicestershire Police said it had received a “high level” of calls about blocked roads, while a driver narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell on his car in Thurnby.
A woman in her 80s and her dog were rescued from a flooded property in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks in the early hours.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said she had been trapped in her home up to waist height.
The Environment Agency said some areas of Kent recorded about 100mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 07:00 BST.
The average rainfall for the entire month of June in the UK is 73.4mm, it added.
The M25 was closed in both directions for almost eight hours earlier after two sinkholes were discovered following a crash at about 23:30 BST.
In Devon, a thatched house caught fire when it was struck by lightning overnight. No-one was injured in the blaze.
Exmoor is likely to see up to 40mm of rain on Tuesday but could have up to 60mm.
Rain has also hit the Cricket World Cup for the second day in a row as Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka in Bristol has been delayed.
BBC Test Match Special’s Simon Mann said: “It’s a grim scene. Play today is extremely unlikely.”
Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, has also been hit by flooding but health bosses said patient services were “unaffected”.
Fire crews have been in attendance since 03:00 pumping water out of the hospital’s boiler room.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for “some treacherous weather”.
Weather warnings are expected to remain in place for much of the day, with forecasters predicting parts of the UK could be inundated during the rest of the week.
North-eastern parts of England and the Midlands are expected to bear the brunt of the downpours on Tuesday, with a yellow warning in place until midnight.
The Environment Agency has issued 31 flood alerts and one flood warning.
The Met Office said some parts of the country could see 60 to 80mm of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly up to 100mm.
Mr Burkill described the figures as the “worst-case scenarios”.
“If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June,” he added.
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