16 Jul 2013

Rail lines buckle as Britons bask in heat

9:08 pm on 16 July 2013

Britain's rail network has been hit by a heatwave that has forced some services to be reduced.

There are delays and cancellations at London's Waterloo train station on Monday because a rail line has buckled.

A section of the motorway orbiting London, the M25, was closed after the road melted, while in Scotland, a wildfire has been blazing south of Inverness since Sunday.

The highest temperature this year, 31.4 degrees Celsius, was recorded at London's Heathrow Airport at the weekend.

Retailers have reported booming sales, with shoppers splashing out on barbecues, sunscreen and garden furniture. Forecasters says the heatwave is set to continue for at least another week.