Newspaper review: Sunshine remains the focus

Papers

There is no escaping stories about the weather in Friday's newspapers, with images of the summer sun plastered across several front pages.

Baking Britain is set to get even hotter, the Daily Express says, warning temperatures of 35C are forecast for next week.

It seems that even horses are partial to an ice cream in this heat if the picture on the front of the Daily Telegraph is anything to go by.

The paper says Britain faces another week in the "roaring 30s" and reports the country is on course to have one of the driest Julys in three centuries.

Sunburn

The Daily Mirror's story is headlined "Britain's Burning" and reveals that a four-week-old was among 10 children who had to be treated in hospital in West Sussex for sunburn.

The specialist unit normally treats only 10 children over the entire summer, it says.

Meanwhile, there is a warning of more misery for motorists as many families set off on their summer holidays.

The Times says fuel prices are set to leap by 4p a litre in the coming weeks, because of a rise in crude oil and whole petrol prices, and a fall in the pound against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail accuses rail bosses of being on an £11m gravy train.

The paper says five executives at Network Rail could be in line for a share of massive bonuses over three years. The Mail calls the deal a "reward for failure" while rail users are having to put up with crowded trains and inflation-busting fare rises.

The Daily Mirror says passengers will be infuriated to see rail executives "turned into fat controllers with huge bonuses, while they suffer fare increases year after year".

Coroner's attack

"Outcry at fresh hacking cover-up", is the headline in the Independent.

The paper reports that the Serious Organised Crime Agency is refusing to reveal the names of major companies that have used private investigators to break the law, because disclosing such information would damage the firms' commercial interests.

The Daily Telegraph says Tony Blair has been put on watch that he will face criticism in the final report from the inquiry into the war in Iraq.

The long-awaited findings of the Chilcot inquiry are due to be published next year and the paper says the former prime minister will be given time to respond before then.

A number of the papers report on a coroner's attack on the health and safety culture in Britain after hearing that paramedics had refused to jump into a drainage ditch, filled with water, to save a young farmer.

The Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, and the Times all carry West Somerset coroner Michael Rose's reaction. "I was brought up in a country where men risked their own lives to save the lives of others," he said.

'Alien feeling'

Head bowed, lips pursed, the sports pages show a dejected Rory McIlroy on the first day of play at The Open golf championships at Muirfield.

After a woeful 79, the Daily Telegraph's golf correspondent says the player has admitted he needs help with his game.

The Daily Mail says the 24-year-old is set to call in a sports psychologist to sort out his mental approach.

The Guardian says the world number two has been left grasping for answers, noting the player himself is describing his dip in form as a "very alien feeling".

The Daily Star says the tricky part will be discovering why McIlroy, in his own words, is playing like someone who is "brain dead".

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