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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
In Pictures: Hottest July day ever

Asian elephant Azizah cools off with water at Whipsnade Zoo

Wednesday became the hottest July day ever in England with temperatures above 36C (97F). Azizah, an Asian elephant at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, did her best to cool down.

Amber and Savannah Gibbs cool down in a fountain near Tower Bridge in London

Amber Gibbs and her daughter Savannah also used water to refresh themselves in a fountain near Tower Bridge in London.

Bournemouth beach, crowded on Wednesday

The hot sun drew crowds to seaside resorts and the beach at Bournemouth in Dorset was packed with sunbathers.

Girls on an inflatable dinosaur in the sea at Brighton

Along the south coast in Brighton the sea was appealing to more sun worshippers - and their inflatable dinosaur friends.

Woman by fountain in Trafalgar Square, London

A more sedate form of relaxation appealed to this woman taking a rest by the fountain in Trafalgar Square in London.

Rare solanum laciniatum plant growing in Westminster, London

Elsewhere in London the rare solanum laciniatum, commonly known as the Kangaroo Apple and native to south-eastern Australia, was thriving in heatwave conditions in Westminster.

Andy Christie of the Severn Valley Railway tries to cool down on his engine in Kidderminster

Severn Valley Railway fire man Andy Christie needed a squirt of water to cool himself down on the footplate of his steam engine as it pulled into Kidderminster station, Worcestershire.

Sarah Angelinetta from Milton Keynes snowboarding at the town's Xscape Snowdrome.

Sarah Angelinetta from Milton Keynes used an unseasonal method of coping with the heat by throwing herself into winter sports - snowboarding at the town's snowdrome.

A man with his dog in Battersea Park fountains in London

Man's best friend needs to fend off the heat too and this canine joined his owner for a swim in the fountain at Battersea Park in London.

Increased fire risk sign on scoreboard at the Open golf at Hoylake

Spectators at the final practice day before the Open golf at Hoylake were warned of fire risks caused by the heat - thanks to creative use of the course's scoreboards.

Chef Vered Zaada fries an egg on her car bonnet in Bournemouth

Chef Vered Zaada used the extreme heat to help her with her job by frying an egg on the bonnet of her car in Bournemouth.

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