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London Fire Service has busiest day since WW2

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London’s fire service had its busiest day since World War Two, dealing with multiple blazes in record-breaking temperatures on Tuesday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said.

The capital was one of 15 areas around the UK to declare a major incident.

The fires started on a day with a record temperature of 40.3C (104.5F) in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Wednesday has been cooler for most, but thunderstorms are forecast in central England.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for heavy showers and thunderstorms, which could bring disruption in eastern and south-east England on Wednesday evening.

Despite falling temperatures, the weather continues to affect transport, with Network Rail advising passengers to only travel if necessary.

By mid-afternoon, LNER services from London to Scotland were starting up again, while trains on the East Coast Mainline resumed after a fire in Bedfordshire.

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