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  1. As it happened across the West of England on Tuesday 19 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

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

Luz, Portugal
Ian Parker
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...

West weather 19 July 2016

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
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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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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.

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...

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.

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

Marcus Trescothick

Somerset's Marcus Trescothick hits a fine double century before Nottinghamshire fight back on day three at Trent Bridge.

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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...

TV reporter Lee Madan (left) swaps his BBC Points West job for making ice cream.

Cause of Lyneham bus fire to be investigated

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

Bus fire
Ashlyn Adams

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."

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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The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill

A "rogue" primary school head teacher from Bristol admits using a spy pen to film pupils and staff in the toilets.

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New job for Salisbury MP John Glen

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

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.

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.

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
The Welsh Cavalry

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.

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.

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...

Silent bells ring again after 60 years

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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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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How to keep cool in the warm weather

Most of the ways we've seen of cooling off today have involved lots of water. 

These paddle boarders were in Bristol Harbour earlier.

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Meanwhile, these labradors have been enjoying a dip in a paddling pool in Gloucester while police dog Stig opts for a drier option.

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In Swindon these moggies have opted for resting in the shade:

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£1,000 reward offered after thieves break into Tetbury jewellers

Crimestoppers is appealing for information after an attempted theft on a jewellers in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. 

The thieves broke in to Taylor Black's jewellers and tried to steal their safe by putting a harness around it.

The theft in action

The shop's owners disturbed them before anything was stolen and the pair made off in two vehicles. 

One of them was an Audi which has since been recovered by police.

The thieves in action

BreakingSouth Gloucestershire teacher enters guilty pleas

Tynings School

The former headteacher of the Tynings School in Staple Hill has admitted five offences against children.

Ashley Jonathan Yates from Filton in South Gloucestershire pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and two charges of voyeurism.

Yates was suspended from the school following the allegations.

BBQ causes grass fire in Weston-super-Mare

Burgers on a grill
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Avon Fire & Rescue were called out to Baytree Road in Worle yesterday evening to put out a fire that was started by a barbecue left on a patch of grass.

They are advising people to follow these guidelines when using a barbecue this summer.

Bath Community Academy closure: Letter to parents

The chief executive officer of the Cabot Learning Federation, Steve Taylor, has set out his reasons behind the planned closure of Bath Community Academy.

BCA has had pupil numbers considerably below capacity since opening in 2012. While the academy has a capacity of 720 pupils, current numbers are at 290. The projections for the coming period are that pupil numbers will not increase substantially.

The CLF is committed to ensuring that the current mainstream school provision continues to be offered at Bath Community Academy. There is no urgent need for parents and carers to find a different school for their children.

High temperatures lead to train services between London and West to be delayed

Great Western Railway says, because of track temperatures expected to exceed 50C in parts of London later, there will be a series of changes to timetabled services.

The firm said that many of its services would take 10-15 minutes longer because of the hot conditions.

Great Western Train

Here's a summary of what is cancelled and changed:

  • London Paddington to Oxford direct (calling at Slough, Reading, Didcot and Oxford) and return services are cancelled. Passengers are advised to travel to Didcot for connecting services to Oxford
  • All Thames Valley branch lines to remain in branch operation but with no direct London services
  • London Paddington to Bedwyn and return services will operate between Bedwyn and Reading only
  • London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa and return will operate between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa only

BreakingBath Community Academy set to close

The CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation has written to parents saying that they intend to begin talks with the Department For Education to close Bath Community Academy. 

This is because of a shortage of pupils attending the school.

Rovers boss expected to lose star striker

Darrell Clarke (left) & Matty Taylor
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Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has admitted he thought the club would lose star striker Matty Taylor this summer.

Taylor, out of contract in July, had offers from Championship clubs before eventually signing a new contract with Rovers on 15 July.

The former Forest Green Rovers man scored 27 league goals for Clarke's side in 2015-16.

"His record speaks for itself over the last two years so we're delighted to finally end that saga. I thought we would lose him. It's very difficult to keep a striker that was the leading goalscorer in all the divisions.

Darrell ClarkeBristol Rovers manager speaking to BBC Points West

Open air pools - the best place to cool down?

The mercury's expected to hit 32C today in Wiltshire and it could be even hotter in other places across the region.

Earlier today, BBC Wiltshire reporter Sangita Lal went to an open air pool in Tisbury.

Tibsury Pool, Wiltshire

Swimmer Judith said she wouldn't normally be swimming at 7am.

"It’s a beautiful day and I wasn’t sleeping very well and for the last hour I was thinking shall I go back to sleep or shall I go to the pool? It’s just heaven!”

So when you're starting to feel all hot and bothered sat behind your desk, just visualise yourself jumping into this pool (or maybe treat yourself to an ice cream).

Tisbury Pool, Wiltshire

Lib Dems preparing for election battles

We've only just had a new Prime Minister installed, but the Liberal Democrats are getting ready for a general election.

Although Theresa May has ruled out the prospect of a snap general election, they believe one is likely. 

Stephen Williams is the former MP for Bristol West and he's preparing to stand again for the constituency.

Stephen believes the Lib Dems should be ready for a general election.

Taunton street 'goes down the rabbit hole' in woollen creations

Lewis Carroll famously set his classic book Alice in Wonderland down a rabbit hole, after Alice fell down one.

Now, Bath Place in Taunton has been redecorated with a colourful, woolly set of decorations inspired by the book.

Bath Place has been yarn bombed in an Alice in Wonderland theme

Blue skies and sunshine: Your hot weather photos

You've been sending in your photos to the Points West Facebook page of how the west looks on this beautiful day.

Michele took this photo of Nyland Hill, from Draycott in Cheddar Valley:

Nyland Hill, from Draycott, Cheddar Valley
Michele Ball

Chris Collins was at Severn Beach this morning and took this view looking up the Severn Estuary:

Severn river estuary
Chris Collins

Hotter than Spain? It's official, at least according to Bristol City FC

Bristol vigil held during Trident debate in the Commons

Yesterday evening, dozens of protesters gathered on College Green in Bristol as parliament debated whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons scheme. 

They held up placards highlighting what they say is the estimated £205bn that Trident will cost when running costs are included.

However the House of Commons backed the renewal by 472 votes to 117.

Protest photo

The House of Commons later voted to back the renewal of the scheme by 472 votes to 117. 

'Gotta catch 'em all' - Pokemon Go meet-up in Cheltenham

It's the latest digital craze. Pokemon Go has swept across the world, with millions of players wandering around using their smart phones to catch the digital critters.

It has become so popular that people have started organising meet-up events to get together and catch Pokemon. 

Last night, around 70 people turned out in Cheltenham for an event organised by George Rawlings:

The game requires people to walk around catching digital monsters.

What is it about the 19th July and the sunshine?

Hot days seem to have particular anniversaries - do you remember the heat in the summer 1976 when sharing bathtubs was all the rage to save water? 

It was also pretty warm on this day 10 years ago, as this map from the Met Office shows:

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Parkour experts show us their acrobatic skills

Not everyone could manage to be this agile:

Parkour has been growing in popularity across the west.

These Parkour moves were demonstrated around Bristol by the team behind Freedog Urban Activity Centres. 

The sport of Parkour involves navigating terrain using a combination of flips and acrobatics.

Your BBC Local Radio headlines from around the region

Primary school classroom generic

Apart from the hot weather that's making the headlines, here's some of the other news being covered across our four BBC Local Radio stations today:

  • BBC Radio Bristol: Researchers from the University of Bristol have found a big gap between the attainment levels of boys and girls at school
  • BBC Wiltshire: Fresh plans to halt the rise in obesity rates in Wiltshire by the end of the decade
  • BBC Somerset: A Somerset film producer says she is concerned about the impact of Brexit on the county's film industry
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A Pokémon Go convention in Cheltenham is judged a success after 70 people turn up

Heritage railway is 'steaming ahead' on hottest day of the summer

Staff at the West Somerset Railway in Bishops Lydeard are working in one of the hottest places in England today.

Not only do they have to contend with the sunshine, they need to load the furnace up with coal to keep their trains on the move.

The West Somerset Railway is a hot place to be in the current weather

Ok it's only staying hot for today...

In case you needed any further confirmation, those bright orange numbers on the map mean it's going to be very warm. 

And it could be as high as 33C in Gloucester or Bristol.

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