NATURE: The Heat of the Day

From an unruffled "rather warm," the London Daily Express weather report rose to a blunt "hot," then staunchly maintained: "fine." For the three-day August bank holiday, a million Londoners migrated to the country and the seaside (where this week they were surprised by brief gales and showers). Throughout the heat spell, authorities had kept an eye on a below-normal water supply; the use of hoses and sprinklers was banned five days a week. In the London zoo, a lion decided that the best way to keep cool was to relax.

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