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Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye on the hottest day in the West since 1 July 2015

    Luz, Portugal
    Image caption: Most of the West County was hotter than the Algarve on Tuesday

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today, we're back tomorrow from 7am.

    Alina Jenkins has the forecast for the rest of the week - and it's going to feel decidedly "chilly" in comparison with today...

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    Video caption: West weather 19 July 2016
  2. Team GB selects local players for rugby sevens team

    The British Olympic Association has announced the names of the men and women who will represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Bristol's Danielle Waterman, Dan Norton and Alex Davis have all been selected.

    The three rugby players

    As well as this, Abbie Brown from Exeter and Amy Wilson-Hardy have also been called up. 

    All three women play for Bristol Rugby.

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  3. A hot return for chief of Gloucestershire Police

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    And just for the record it was hotter in parts of Gloucestershire than on the beaches of Spain and Portugal as temperatures reached 33C.

  4. Hay twister in a spin in Chilcompton

    Here's a video of a hay twister - it's hay being lifted into the air by a swirling wind today in Chilcompton...

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    Video caption: Hot weather causes freshly-cut hay to behave in unusual way

    Hay or dust devils can occur anywhere there is warm air and a slight breeze, according to the BBC Weather Centre.

  5. Making the headlines in your local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol24/7:Bristol West MP lays into Corbyn on C4 News

    Gloucestershire Live: Blind woman's fear as aggressive gulls continually target her and guide dog in Cheltenham

    Swindon Advertiser: Elderly couple's joy as volunteers transform 'Amazon jungle' garden

    Somerset County Gazette:Power outage at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital leads to postponement of 30 operations

  6. Want to work in an ice cream factory?

    Many have been out enjoying the hot weather, but spare a thought for those who've been at work where the heat has been an issue.

    Not at an ice cream factory, of course.

    BBC Points West's Lee Madan tried to swap professions to keep cool. 

    Let's see how he did...

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    Video caption: TV reporter Lee Madan (left) swaps his BBC Points West job for making ice cream.
  7. Cause of Lyneham bus fire to be investigated

    This was the scene outside the former RAF Lyneham base earlier this afternoon... 

    Bus fire

    Bus operator Stagecoach said no passengers were aboard the 55 service and the driver's "quick thinking" was praised by bosses after a warning light came on.

    Managing director Rupert Cox, said: "All our drivers are trained in how to deal with incidents such as these and this driver did exactly as he had been trained to do to ensure nearby members of the public's safety.  

    "We are working with the investigative officers to establish the cause of the incident."

  8. Rail delays as tracks 'get too hot'

    Railway lines

    If you are travelling to or from London this evening you'll need to allow extra time for your journey because the rail lines have got too hot.

    Network Rail said while modern tracks are now more resistant to heat expansion and buckling, it needs to restrict speeds "for safety reasons".

    Passengers can expect delays or cancellations, a spokesman said.

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  9. It's hot hot hot in Costa del Weston-super-Mare

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    Video caption: It's hot hot hot in Costa del Weston-super-Mare

    Weston-super-Mare, like many places in the UK, has been hotter than Spain or Portugal today.

    If you're stuck in the office here's a quick reminder of what it's like outside.

    Elsewhere across the West temperatures have topped 33C.

  10. Bath Community Academy: Low pupil numbers force closure

    Bath Community Academy

    An academy school in Bath is to close due to low pupil numbers.

    The federation in charge of Bath Community Academy (BCA) made the announcement at a parents' evening on Monday.

    In a letter to parents on Tuesday the Cabot Learning Foundation (CLF) said current pupil numbers meant the school was not sustainable in the short term.

    The school opened in 2012 but has consistently had low pupil numbers.

  11. Welsh Cavalry adopt mountain pony from Chippenham as new mascot

    Trooper Jones with Farrier Major Miles Davies at the state opening of the Welsh Assembly

    A three-year-old Welsh mountain pony has become the first mascot of the Welsh Cavalry.

    Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones has been training with Farrier Major Miles Davies of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

    He comes from Betty French's Forlan Stud in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

    "I've got a name for having quiet ponies. He's going to have to get used to lots of marching and lots of noise," Ms French said.

  12. A4361 closed at Wroughton after vehicle falls off army trailer

    Crashed vehicle

    A vehicle's fallen off an army low-loader in Wroughton near Swindon. 

    The excavator has damaged the garden walls of several houses and an electrical pole on the High Street. 

    Crashed vehicle

    The A4361 Swindon to Devizes road is closed and is expected to remain blocked for quite a while.

    No one was injured, Wiltshire Police said.

  13. Silent bells ring again after 60 years

    People in the village of Liddington near Swindon may have been surprised to hear a peal of bells this morning.

    The bells at All Saints Church have been silent for the past 60 years after they were decommissioned. 

    After a £200,000 fundraising campaign, new bells have been cast and installed in the church. 

    The bells rang out for the first time again this morning...

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    Video caption: Silent bells ring again after 60 years
  14. Sounds obvious but don't light a BBQ on decking...

    Yes, somebody did attempt to do this - although it was last summer in Yate.

    With last night's grass fire in Weston-super-Mare caused by a disposable BBQ, Avon Fire and Rescue is sending out another reminder with this striking photo.

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  15. Huge queues at Portishead lido

    It seems that a number of people want to go to cool off at Portishead's open air pool today - with big queues forming.

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