Two bodies pulled from water as public warned over cooling off in hot weather

Police officers searching for swimmers who went missing during the UK's heatwave have found two bodies.

A body was recovered on Tuesday evening in the search for a man in his 20s from Wiltshire, who had gone missing in the lake at Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire Constabulary said.

On Wednesday morning, Scotland Yard said officers searching for a man last seen swimming in the River Thames at Shadwell Basin on Tuesday had recovered the body of a 23-year-old man.

He had been swimming with friends when he did not resurface, police said.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, with searches continuing to locate two other males also believed to be missing in the Thames.

As temperatures soar across the country, emergency services warned the public to take precautions during the extreme heat and highlighted the risks of cooling off in the sea, lakes and rivers.

The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day after overnight lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.

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According to the Met Office, there is a 60% chance the mercury could rise above the current all-time temperature record of 38.5C on Thursday.

Conditions could reach 39C in southern and eastern England, it tweeted.

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With temperatures expected to top 30C in the South East on Wednesday, Network Rail has warned train speed restrictions may be introduced in areas where tracks are at risk of buckling.

Extreme weather action teams (EWATs) have been "activated" to keep passengers safe and trains running, Network Rail said.

The Rail Delivery Group, which represents the industry, advised passengers in London and the South East to consider changing their travel plans on Thursday because of the expected heat.

Director of nations and regions Robert Nisbet said on behalf of train operators and Network Rail: "This week could see record-breaking hot weather for Britain.

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Young woman cool off in the sea at Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
Amur tiger Minerva cools off in her pool at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius at Heathrow being recorded.
View of The Shard and Canary Wharfs skyline as the sky is cloudy, London on July 26, 2019. Yesterday was the second hottest day ever recorded in the history of Great Britain with 37.9C at Heathrow Airport. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, after temperatures climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
Paddle boarders at Salthouse dock in Liverpool, as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius at Heathrow being recorded. The UK's all-time record of 38.5 degrees may be broken later this afternoon.
People enjoy the hot weather in Hyde Park, London, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People resting in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport as the UK's biggest airport has apologised after extreme weather conditions across Europe caused flight cancellations and delays.
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @lucymackie_ of hundreds of passengers waiting by check-in zones at Heathrow Airport, as air passengers are facing disruption due to the heatwave and a technical problem with the UK's air traffic control system.
People punt along the River Cam in Cambridge, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People enjoying the sun shine on Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
Workmen enjoy ice creams in Manchester as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
Anita Ricchiuti, 22, on Scarborough beach as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A Southeastern train passes through heat haze in Ashford, Kent as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
A barbary macaque enjoys a frozen fruit and nut treat at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius at Heathrow being recorded.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY On the hottest day in July since records began in the UK, members of the public visit the 7UP Free Fido Dido House, which is reintroducing the well-known 90Õs advertising character in time with the drink brands 90th Anniversary celebration, at a pop-up chill out space in London's Covent Garden.
Victora Parkes, 18 (left) and Rachel Crossland, 18, on Scarborough beach as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Charlotte Burniston (right) and Justin McNicholas (left) on Scarborough beach as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Sun worshippers enjoy the sunshine on a hot sweltering day in London. (Photo by Amer Ghazzal / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Reuben Humphreys, 4 , cools off in the fountain at Alnwick Gardens in Alnwick, Northumberland. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Kadie Lane, 10, cools off in the fountain at Alnwick Gardens in Alnwick, Northumberland. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
An African white lion sunbathes at West Midlands Safari Park. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Penguins at West Midlands Safari Park cool off with mackerel flavoured ice. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Visitors enjoy the fountain at Alnwick Gardens in Alnwick, Northumberland. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Lightning strikes as a thunder storm passes over houses in Lee Park, Liverpool, Merseyside. The UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Lightning strikes as a thunder storm passes over houses in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Lightning strikes as a thunder storm passes over houses in Lee Park, Liverpool, Merseyside. The UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Visitors sit in deckchairs in the sun at Alnwick Gardens in Alnwick, Northumberland. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Children sit in the sun by 'The Friendly Giant', a pond sculpture situated in Alnwick Gardens in Anwick, Northumberland. The UK is bracing itself for what could be its hottest ever day on Thursday, after lightning storms triggered fires and rail disruption.
Sisters, Nyam May (left) and Ciara May (right), jump into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Sisters, Nyam May (left) and Ciara May (right), jump into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A general view of Broadstairs beach in Kent, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
People enjoy the sun at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A lady, seen through heat haze, walks on the promenade in Folkestone, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Thomas Bristow swims under water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Freddie Ward jumps into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A woman uses a fan to cool down on a tube train in central London as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
People enjoy the sun at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Sheri Bedford enjoys the sun at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Ciara May dives into the water at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in West Yorkshire as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A view of the Loggia at Hever Castle in Kent through new flower meadows, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Two ladies, seen through heat haze, walk on the promenade in Folkestone, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
Sunbathers relax in the sunshine on the beach in Folkestone, Kent, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
A dog enjoys the sea during sunny conditions in Camber, East Sussex.
A man sunbaths on Bridlington beach as hot weather hits the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Lenticular clouds over English Heritage's Warkworth Castle in Northumberland as temperatures are expected to rise over the UK this week. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoy punting in Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent, as temperatures are expected to rise over this week. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Parental permission given Isla Stanton enjoys the sunshine in Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent, as temperatures are expected to rise over this week. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Parental permission given Isla Stanton enjoys the sunshine in Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent, as temperatures are expected to rise over this week. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy a trip in a boat along the river in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, as temperatures are expected to rise across the UK this week.
People enjoy the sun along the river in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, as temperatures are expected to rise across the UK this week.
A windsurfer crashes through the waves during windy conditions in Camber, East Sussex.
People taking boat trips along the algae-covered Regent's Canal in London.
A view of the new flower meadows currently blooming at Hever Castle in Kent, as the UK is expected to edge towards its hottest ever July day, with the mercury due to soar above 30C (86F).
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"While train operators and Network Rail are working together to minimise disruption, we ask passengers to check before they travel and consider travelling earlier on Thursday if possible.

"We also ask people travelling by train to carry a water bottle and if they feel unwell, get off at the next stop where a member of staff will be happy to help."

Large swathes of the country experienced storms and lightning strikes in the early hours of Wednesday.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said two engines were sent to a smoke-logged house in Bedworth, near Nuneaton, shortly before 2am after lightning struck an aerial.

Lightning also set a roof annex ablaze and caused a building to be evacuated at around 1.25am in Bowling Bank near Wrexham, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said.

The Red Cross Crisis Response Centre tweeted that there were three fires caused by lightning during the night.

Lightning damage to a signalling system at Wakefield Westgate station in west Yorkshire led to fewer trains running on Wednesday morning, train operator Northern said.

The storms came after temperatures across England exceeded 30C on Tuesday, with forecasters predicting even hotter temperatures to come.

On Wednesday, the Met Office said temperatures could hit 33C or 34C in the South East and possibly 35C or 36C at isolated points.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey predicted it would be a "dry, sunny day, generally very warm, but very hot for parts of the East and South East".

"Generally a good day everywhere once the thunderstorms have pushed out the North East," she added.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for scattered thunderstorms covering the east of the country from Scotland down to London from 3pm on Thursday and into early Friday morning.

A yellow severe weather warning for #thunderstorm has been issued: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware@metofficeukpic.twitter.com/NDpj7NkbMY

— Met Office (@metoffice) July 24, 2019

It warned that flooding and lightning strikes could affect driving conditions, disrupt train services and lead to power cuts.

Ms Maxey said the highest overnight average temperature (between 9pm and 9am) ever seen in the UK was 23.3C at St James Park in July 1948, and there is a possibility this will be beaten this week.

The average daytime temperature for the UK in July is 19C, which is already being exceeded by evening conditions this month.

On Tuesday night into Wednesday the mercury hit 21C at St James Park.

The hottest ever temperature for July was recorded at 36.7C at Heathrow on July 1 2015.

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