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Record Heat Led to Firefighters’ Busiest Day Since World War II

Firefighters tackle a blaze in the village of Wennington, east London on July 18.

Firefighters tackle a blaze in the village of Wennington, east London on July 18.

Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Wire

England is braced for storms after a day of record heat that saw firefighters face their busiest day since the Second World War and major travel disruption across the country.

Major incidents were declared in London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire on Tuesday as fires broke out in several areas amid the tinder-dry conditions.