Levelling up in the heat of the moment | Brief letters

Levelling up in the heat of the moment

Record UK temperatures | On ice | Uniform problem | Staying hot | Dark thoughts | Tory windbags | Prince Andrew

A man in Manchester covers his head during this week’s heatwave.

‘I heard someone from the Met Office on the radio predicting that a new temperature record for the UK might be set in the north of England, rather than in the more normal south-east. Would this be a success for the government’s levelling up policies?
Colin Dimond
Wick, Vale of Glamorgan

“Some say the world will end in fire / Some say in ice / From what I’ve tasted of desire / I hold with those who favour fire.” Apologies to Robert Frost, but for me right now, “ice … would suffice”.
Chris Osborne
West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

Why is a member of the Queen’s Guard required to stand in full sun in all those clothes (Monday’s best photos, 18 June), apparently unable to move even to get a drink of water? Is this not criminal negligence?
Gillian Bassett
Great Barford, Bedfordshire

Current record temperatures, while extremely alarming, conjure up memories of the wonderful Caroline Aherne on The Fast Show. Might our weather presenters also soon be delivering a never-changing forecast of “Scorchio!”
John Huntley
Letheringsett, Norfolk

Given the dire warnings, I’m disappointed. I had expected the temperature chart on your weather pages to add a funereal black at 40C.
Elaine Steane
Oxford

Is the British heatwave being fuelled by hot air from the Tory leadership contest?
Colin Prower
Radford, Oxfordshire

Is somebody checking if Prince Andrew has been sweating?
John Webb
Eltham, London