Lightning map: Live tracker as UK's record-breaking 40C heatwave to be shattered in HOURS

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Huge S have erupted across the UK, including in the capital, with the London Fire Brigade (LFB) saying it is fighting several blazes in the city.

The LFB this afternoon declared a “major incident” in response to an important surge in blazes across the capital.

In Wennington, a massive grass fire broke out with footage showing fields and buildings engulfed in black smoke on the hottest day ever recorded in the UK.

Some 15 fire crews and 100 firefighters are currently battling the blaze at the scene in the Essex village, emergency services said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the LFB is “under immense pressure” as he urged people to be safe, adding the situation is “critical”.

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