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What are the effects of a heatwave?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK is still far off the 1976 heatwave, which ascertained temperatures of 32 C and over for 15 consecutive days

The heatwave which has left much of Britain sweltering is set to continue for another two weeks, forecasters tell.

Although we are yet to see a repeat of 1976 – one of the most lengthened heatwaves in living memory – temperatures are forecast to make 30 C again later in the week with “very warm sunshine” for a fortnight.

For the UK, are applied to more moderate summers, what is the effect of the lengthened hot weather?

‘Struggle’ for wildlife

There are both wins and losers in Britain’s wildlife population during the hot weather – with some beasts able to benefit while others will suffer.

Jon Traill, living scenery director for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, told barn owl are struggling after the “Beast from the East” delayed their nesting and breeding.