yep yesterday was hot although not as hot as when I was pregnant with Alex and lived in Faversham, fuck knows how I survived that, hottest ever recorded in the uk
* Weather report yesterday, Wednesday *
Temperatures have already (as of 2pm) reached 33 °C in south-east England, making it officially the hottest #SummerSolstice on record and it’s likely by the end of the day that we will have had the hottest June day in forty years.
There’s good news for those who don’t like the hot weather, it’s going to be much fresher tomorrow. For those who like thunder and lightning, there’s the potential for severe #thunderstorms⚡and #hail as we head into the evening and overnight, especially in the North and then East Anglia first thing tomorrow.
The UK is basking in its hottest June day in 41 years, with a temperature of 34.5C (94F) recorded at Heathrow.
The Met Office reading at the London airport is the highest in June since the mercury hit 35.6 (96F) in 1976 – the all-time high since records began.
The heatwave has seen five sizzling days in a row during which temperatures in parts of the UK have topped 30C.
But weather warnings have also been issued for rain, with thunderstorms expected in some areas.
BBC weather presenter Chris Fawkes said: “To have these really prolonged spells, you need a block of high pressure that directs other weather fronts away.
Then we get the hot weather coming up from Europe.”
Storms are forecast for some areas later in the day, and yellow weather warnings for rain in parts of England, Wales and Scotland are in place until the early hours of Thursday.
Our presenter added: “It is all going to go bang tonight.
“The hot air from the surface will meet with colder air coming in from the Atlantic and we will have some big thunderstorms, gusty winds, heavy rain and, in some places, even hail.
Summer of 1976
The record-breaking summer of 1976 saw nine weeks of blazing sunshine.
Between June and August, blue skies were a daily occurrence and, for two weeks, temperatures were 32C or above consistently.
Five days saw temperatures exceed 35C.
The hottest day of all was 3 July, with temperatures hitting 35.9C in Cheltenham.
A downside was the worst drought in recorded history for the UK, building up from a warm summer in 1975 and incredibly dry months after.
Rainfall in the winter of 1975 was half of what it normally would be, and by the summer of 1976 crops were affected and there were forest fires in the south of England.
But once the summer had come to a close, autumn saw intense rainfall and natural balance was restored.
I saw this post this morning on FB made by a friend of mine, and it really made me think about the sad state of affairs we are in now, but some simple actions can prevent a tragedy
“It seems that with more frequency we are seeing terrorist attacks, Paris, Nice, other areas in France, London Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, North London mosque & tonight Brussels again.. in Madrid this weekend, for the 1st time I was acutely aware of my vulnerability & made sure I was walking on pavements into the traffic so I would be able to see if a vehicle mounted the pavement! It wasn’t a nice feeling & it saddens me… we really need to all stand together, stand strong & regardless of faith or race, be kind to each other … 💕🇬🇧”
Simon Cowell’s star studded Grenfell Tower charity single, Bridge Over Troubled Water, is released
More than 50 artists including One Direction, Robbie Williams, Stormzy, Rita Ora and Jessie J gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising cover version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic song in aid of those affected by the trage
Its accompanying video will premiere on Wednesday evening on ITV before Coronation Street airs.
More than 50 artists including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Robbie Williams, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Stormzy , Rita Ora, Jessie J and Pixie Lott gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising track.
Touchingly, Gareth Maguire also brings together a choir of locals.
“Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, the record industry came together to record a single for the victims of the disaster,” said Simon, who pulled the charity single together in just three days.
“Over 50 artists gave their time and support to make this happen.”
Other big names involved include Leona Lewis, Craig David, Nile Rogers, Brian May, James Blunt, Emeli Sandle, Paloma Faith and John Newman.
The track was recorded at Sarn Studios in west London, just half a mile from Grenfell Tower.
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SIMON COWELL ENLISTS BIG POP STARS FOR GRENFELL CHARITY SINGLE
As well as raising money from sales of the single, X Factor boss Simon also set up a donation page, ArtistsForGrenfell.com , where people can contribute to the charity fund raising money for those affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower last week, in which 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead.
“This website has been built to create a donation page which, together with the money raised by the record, will hopefully encourage people to donate whatever they can to help those who have been affected by this terrible event.
“All donations made here will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.”
Simon had asked all musicians who wanted to be involved to contact him, saying those who couldn’t make it to the London recording studio could provide vocals over the phone.
“It’s not far from where I live, so when I drove up there, and you saw this tower, it wasn’t great. And that’s when you decide that maybe we could do something to help.
“You kind of think, what can I do? Do you donate some money and I was thinking, well maybe we could do a little more than that and that’s how the record came about.”
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RITA ORA HELPS VICTIMS OF THE GRENFELL TOWER BLOCK FIRE
Discussing the choice of using Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon explained that the track had appropriate lyrics for what the group wanted to do and he had just 12 hours to decide on a song.
“It is a great song to send out a message of support and once we decided on that, we had to get the artists,” he added.
Read the full singer line-up:
Brian May (Queen)
Carl Barat (The Libertines)
Gareth Malone & The Choir for Grenfell
Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)
Kelly Jones (Stereophonics)
London Community Gospel Choir
Grenfell Tower Fire
Shane Filan Stormzy
The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend)
So Yet again I am in facebook jail for three days, what for you may ask, well for posting a meme on my profile, Ok not exactly nice, but worthy of a three-day ban, FFS Facebook, however, this has prompted me to resurrect my old original Facebook account that I used when I first joined and played games like Mafia wars etc, I had the maximum amount of friends on it at one time, 5000 and it ran so slowly, over the years I have removed people but there was still about 3000 on there, well yesterday, I had a massive cull of people and removed all the gamers and added the people I like and hope are not the bastards that report me, as it seems now, I have been on the naughty step so many times that it takes one report to get me thrown in FB jail, I was on Facebook Monday Morning, posting away, then all of a sudden I was logged out, then got the message when I went to log back on someone had reported my picture and that I was to bend over and get a smack on the arse and I was banned for three days lol ok the smack on the arse is wishful thinking but the rest is true 😂😂😂 all over this picture In other news, at the weekend *Saturday* Alex had another football tournament, which took all day, ending in a penalty shootout in the final, which they lost 😦
However, there was on major casualty from the day, my nose! despite covering myself in 50 sunblock my nose burnt,. yes I know I should have worn a hat, cap etc, but I forgot to take one, anyway I must have sweated so much that when wiping my face, I must have wiped away the sunblock completely *sob*
Sunday with Allan at work, having been stuck indoors all over half term with Alex having the chicken pox, I decided to take the boys out for a mini treat along with Alex’s girlfriend, so we went to the cinema to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the long haul, really funny I have to say, even better is our local cinema has sofa’s so I could get nice and comfy, right by the Air conditioner while we watched the movie, we came out after the film and it was like walking into a furnace again, hating this heatwave, by the time we got home in the car, our backs were soaked from the leather seat covers,
Oh on the subject of sweating, this is not just in London folks, Sittingbourne has stinkers as well, I was standing in the queue behind a real stinker in the garage last night and it was a woman 😩🤢 yesI know the temp got up to 33 the other day and we are in the middle of a heatwave, but seriously use deodorant and you don’t stink, how hard is that to do,
This is disgusting, It makes you ashamed to breathe the same air as people like this, as if we haven’t had enough tragedy in London in the last few days.
On 19 June 2017, a van was driven into pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London, injuring at least ten people. This occurred near the Muslim Welfare House, 100 yards (90 m) from Finsbury Park Mosque. A group of Muslims had earlier performed Tarawih, nightly prayers held during Ramadan when they came across a collapsed man at a bus stop. While rendering first aid they were rammed, and ten were injured. The collapsed man died at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command and has been described by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, as a “horrific terrorist attack”. One person has been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.The motive is still under investigation but several civil rights groups and politicians said the incident represented rising Islamophobia in the United Kingdom
The suspect was later identified by police as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four from Cardiff, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare. UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said Osborne was not known to the security services prior to the attack. Osborne’s neighbours in Pentwyn, where Osborne had lived for several years, described him as aggressive and strange but said he was not a racist. Neighbours described him as a “family man”, who was heard singing with his children in the kitchen just hours before the attack, while others believed he and his partner had separated, living in a tent in woodland, in recent months and he was often seen shouting at her in the street.
The suspect allegedly turned against Muslims in the wake of the June 2017 London Bridge attack. He allegedly rented a van in the vicinity of Cardiff, several days before the attack and slept in it during the night. On the eve of the attack, he drove to London, four hours driving distance, prior to carrying out the attack. Witnesses from a local Cardiff pub said the suspect had announced the day before the attack his intention to attack the Al-Quds day march which was held earlier on the day of the attack
Monday 19 June 2017 16.31 BSTFirst published on Monday 19 June 2017 10.42 BST
The number of people dead or missing presumed dead following the Grenfell Tower tragedy has risen to 79, police have said, as a minute’s silence was held for victims of the fire.
Firefighters halted work to join residents at the North Kensington site at 11 am on Monday during emotional scenes to remember those killed. Four more people were formally identified, taking the total to five in the early stages of a search and recovery operation expected to take weeks.
Those named formally on Monday were Anthony Disson, 65, Abufars Ibrahim, 39, Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, 24, an artist who had previously been identified by friends, and a 52-year-old woman whose family did not wish for her name to be released.
Mohammed Alhajali, 23, a Syrian refugee studying engineering at the University of West London, was named over the weekend, the first to be formally identified.
Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Over the last 48 hours a huge amount of effort has been undertaken by our investigators to understand as completely as we possibly can just how many people are missing who were in Grenfell Tower that night. If they are missing I do presume, sadly, that they are also dead.
“It is a hugely complex situation. Sadly today, as of 8 am the number of people has increased. I believe there are 79 people who are either dead or missing and, sadly, I have to presume are dead.” That figure could change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.
Cundy said it was “a truly awful reality that there may be some people who we may not be able to identify” because of the intensity of the fire.
His voice breaking, he said it was “incredibly emotional” for those from the police, London fire brigade and London ambulance service who are working in the burnt-out skeleton of the 24-storey block, which was built in the 1970s and had housed between 400 and 600 people in 120 flats.
Cundy said: “On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor and it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building.
“I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I have seen some terrible things, but I don’t think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there.”
In a statement, the family of Anthony Disson said: “Our family is devastated at receiving the news that Tony sadly did not survive the fire at Grenfell Tower. Tony leaves behind a large family, his wife, sons and grandchildren, including one grandchild he will never get to meet.
“We miss him terribly and are pulling together as a family and trying to stay strong under these tragic circumstances. We ask at this time that our family are left to grieve in private.”
The block is now a crime scene as a criminal investigation is under way involving 250 investigators. Specialist police teams, supported by London’s fire brigade and ambulance service, are involved in the “painstaking task to locate and recover all those within Grenfell Tower”, Cundy said.
Specialist officers were supporting families. “The terrible reality of the fire on that night means that some of those who we are supporting have lost a number of their family members,” he said.
Among those still waiting for news are two brothers, Nabil and Hissam Choukair, whose mother, brother-in-law, sister and her three young children – Fatima, Mierna and Zainab – are all missing. The family, originally from Lebanon, lived on the 22nd floor. Nabil Choukair said he believed that the picture published in many newspapers last week of a family silhouetted in flames holding up a towel were his relatives. “We want answers,” he said at the weekend. “We want justice. We want the truth. We are all one in this; we are all family together.”
Five people who had been reported as missing after the disaster have since been found safe and well.
The scale of the criminal investigation was “truly, truly significant”. Cundy said: “We are looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed.”
The investigation would be “exhaustive”, looking not just at how the fire started and spread but also “why this happened”. It would be “far-reaching in a number of areas”, from how the building was managed and maintained, the fire safety measures, its construction and the recent refurbishment.
The identification process is likely to be lengthy. Some residents were from other countries and it will take time for police to receive information such as dental records.
“It is so important to me that the families have every confidence in our identification procedure and processes so they know it is their loved ones being returned to them and that is why it is so exhaustive, and it can be very time-consuming. But my absolute commitment to all the families and loved ones of those who died is that we will do this as quickly as possible,” Cundy said.
The number of victims may change as there may have been people in the block that night whom family and friends did not know were there. Equally, there may be people the police believe to be missing but who are safe. Police have appealed for any such people to confirm they are safe.
They have also appealed to the public to make available any photographs or footage of the fire and its immediate aftermath that may aid the investigation.
The soaring summer heat is contributing to the difficulties faced by firefighters who are using specially trained dogs to locate bodies.
NHS England said 17 patients were still being treated in four London hospitals for burns, smoke inhalation and injuries sustained in the fire. Of those, nine are in critical care.
Dany Cotton, the London fire commissioner, said she understood the “absolute frustration and misery” of people concerned about loved ones who had not yet been identified but that it was critical to go through the process properly.
Theresa May was due to chair a meeting of the Grenfell Tower task force on Monday afternoon to drive forward the official response to the tragedy. Several London boroughs had come together to coordinate assistance to those affected by the disaster.