Monday, June 27, 2011

Trains delayed because there's too much SUN on the tracks (and even the pavements are melting) - 27th June 2011

Britain was in meltdown today as the hottest day of the year caused chaos around the country and thousands of fans queued for Wimbledon.

As tennis fans cheered on Andy Murray to victory, the searing heat caused a funeral parlour to catch fire, pavements to melt and delays on the railways.

Weather officials issued health warnings as temperatures trumped the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and eastern deserts and reached a heady 33c.

At Wimbledon where Murray won his last 16 game, hundreds of sweltering fans had to lie down on the grass as they battled the immense heat.

The heat seems to have done little for the struggling Williams sisters who both made a shock exit from the tournament.

Venus Williams' attempt to win a sixth Wimbledon title ended in the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

The 23-year-old Pironkova beat Williams at Wimbledon last year by the same score to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She also won their first-round match at the Australian Open in 2006.

Williams' defeat came shortly after younger sister Serena also went out in the fourth round, losing to Marion Bartoli. It is the first time since 2006 that neither sister has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

The crashing defeats for two of tennis's biggest names came as forecasters said that the blistering heatwave would continue throughout the day, but in a dramatic twist, thunderstorms are expected to lash down from the sky tonight.

But already the unexpected heat has caused problems, with speed restrictions on a busy rail commuter route as the sun overheated rails and overhead power lines. Read More