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Britons battle the heat as the sun blazes down
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Wednesday was the hottest day of the year for London, with a temperature of 32.2 degrees Celsius (or in Fahrenheit terms, a paltry seeming 89.9 degrees).

However, the Met Office has raised the heat wave warning to "level three" for many parts of England, including the capital.

The furor might be warranted because this is the United Kingdom's first heat wave since 2006, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, "We are not ready for this."

Clegg said Thursday, "The problem we face as a country is these things are unpredictable. We have a whole system, the whole way we work, our offices, buses everything, isn't actually designed for these sudden spikes in temperature."

"In countries that are used to hot temperatures they organize themselves differently, or indeed very cold winters."

How are Britons coping? Let's see...

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Girls rest next to the fountains in Trafalgar Square on July 15, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom is in the throes of a heatwave for a second week.

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A couple rest in the shade in Hyde Park on July 16, 2013 in London, England. That grass looks scorched.

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Members of the public relax in the high temperatures on the Southbank near to the Tate Modern art gallery on July 16, 2013 in London, England.

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Swimmers enjoy the sunshine at an outdoor pool in central London on July 17, 2013 in England.

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Women sunbathe in St. James Park in central London on July 17, 2013. What else can you do when the British authorities have issued a heatwave alert?

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A goose flies over the large amounts of algae and weeds in St. James's Park Lake on July 17, 2013 in London, England. The Queen is not amused.

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Graduates celebrate after leaving their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall by entering the fountain 'Appearing Rooms', by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, on the Southbank on July 18, 2013 in London, England. They must be sweltering in their graduation robes.

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People walk through a park in central London on July 18, 2013. Who needs shirts when Britain is sweltering through its first prolonged heatwave in seven years?

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Sunbathers are pictured at a lake in Hampstead Heath in north London, on July 18, 2013.

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A man jumps into a lake in London's Hampstead Heath on July 18, 2013.

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This man, in central London on July 18, 2013, has just given up on movement.

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