THE UK EXPERIENCES THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR SO FAR 62

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, western Europe is currently in the middle of a brief but considerably intense heatwave.

The town of Orense in Galicia in northwestern Spain was less than one degree away from breaking its temperature record on Monday. At 41.7C it was more than 11 degrees above normal. Spain’s capital city, Madrid, was six degrees above average at 38C.

Spain’s national weather agency, Aemet, has put 38 provinces on alert for high temperatures, 13 of which are at “high risk”. Temperatures are forecast to reach the high 30s in Galicia, Cantabria and the Basque Country. Central Spain, including the capital, Madrid, faces temperatures of over 40C.

Heat has been building in Spain and spreading across western Europe. The French Riviera is sweltering in the mid thirties, more than 10 degrees above average and Paris hit 37C on Monday, 12C above its average for this time of year.

The French Weather Service, Météo France, has issued a severe weather warning for western and central parts of the country. Météo France said the heatwave would bring “short but very severe periods of heat, requiring particular vigilance.”

The English Channel has also felt the impact of the heatwave. London was the hottest place in the UK on Monday, with temperatures reaching at 30C.

Tuesday was hotter still and London saw temperatures reach 33C, but the inevitable end to a British summer will arrive just as quickly; thunderstorms are expected to bring in cooler weather before the end of the week.

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ARIANA GRANDE MADE FIRST HONORARY CITIZEN OF MANCHESTER 80

After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed today that American pop star Ariana Grande has become the first honorary citizen of Manchester, as a thank you and tribute to her response to the terror attack at her concert in the city back in May which killed 22.

After holding a special meeting which was attended by family members of some of the victims of the tragedy and began with a moment’s reflection in their memory, councillors this morning unanimously accepted a proposal for the singer to be the first recipient in a new system designed to recognise those who have made an incredible contribution to the city without residing in it.

Grande, 23, who is still on her Dangerous Woman world tour, organised the One Love Manchester concert just two weeks after the attack, and the show, which saw acts including Katy Perry, Coldplay and Justin Bieber all perform for a global audience of millions, has so far raised close to £3m for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, with the grand total currently standing at more than £12m.

Commenting that it would have been understandable if Grande had never returned to the city after the attack, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese added:

“But no – instead she, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform. In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and became the first patron of that fund.”

He went on to add that the star exemplified the:

“…resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear. Manchester continues to move forwards with strength, spirit and its trademark swagger. But we will never forget the terrible events of 22 May and their aftermath. As well as honouring the victims and all those affected, it is important that we remember the extraordinary acts of courage and generosity of spirit which we have witnessed. The worst of times have in many ways brought out the best in the city.”

Reaction to the news of Ariana’s honorary citizenship has been immensely positive with scores of fans taking to Twitter to share their delight:

https://twitter.com/BIZZLEARlANA/status/885113991508393984

https://twitter.com/lovejustin/status/885113213154623489

https://twitter.com/aIrenyaz/status/885112226033651713

https://twitter.com/CK_Ariana/status/885115569799909376

Ariana herself later responded to the news via a post on her Instagram:

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