By Kunle Adedoyin
A new temperature record for the UK was set on Thursday as a heatwave gripped the country.
The UK Met Office confirmed that a temperature of 38.7C (101.66F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Thursday, exceeding the previous record of 38.5C (101.3F) set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.
The figure was first announced as a provisional temperature on Friday and has now been validated by the Met Office observations team.
It means the UK joins Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in breaking national records as exceptionally high temperatures gripped large parts of central and western Europe last week.