Sunday, 19 November 2017

School’s out and so is the sunshine

HENLEY sweltered in the sun as a heatwave saw temperatures reach 33C this week.

HENLEY sweltered in the sun as a heatwave saw temperatures reach 33C this week.

The hottest day of the year on Tuesday was followed by yet another scorcher when the mercury hit 30C on Wednesday.

Residents and visitors gathered on Mill Meadows to enjoy picnics and ice creams, while children celebrated the last day of school on Wednesday by soaking up the sunshine, with some from Trinity Primary School choosing to cool off by jumping into the River Thames.

But the soaring temperatures sparked health warnings, with the Met Office issuing a level two heatwave alert for Oxfordshire.

People were advised to stay out of the heat and direct sunlight as much as possible, drink plenty of cool fluids and avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.



The heat also resulted in Public Heath England urging people to take care and help those who may be at risk.

There was misery, meanwhile, for commuters with delays and cancellations of trains as GWR imposed speed restrictions on crossing between lines over points on its trains between London Paddington and Reading to prevent damage to lines.

As a result branch lines between London Paddington and Reading did not have direct services to or from Paddington.

But Jay Handyside-Lang, of Grange Road, Henley, who was enjoying a picnic in Mill Meadows on Wednesday said: "We’re enjoying the sunshine. We wait so long for it and we complain when it’s here, so it’s really nice to come by the river - we’re so lucky in Henley. It’s like a holiday, especially now the kids are off school.”

Elizabeth Reid, of St Andrew’s Road, added: “We’ve been chilling out in the paddling pool and enjoying ourselves.”

The Chocolate Cafe, in Thames Side, saw customers buying cold refreshments to combat the heat.

Waitress Dominique Abbott said: “We have been selling ice creams, milkshakes and colder drinks as no-one really wants to come in for a hot chocolate in this kind of weather! We’ve had a lot more requests for takeaways as well.”

The warm weather is set to continue over the weekend with temperatures reaching the mid-twenties.

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