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it's been the hottest day of the year so far, and an amber heat—health alert has been issued. and the met office is warning temperatures could rise up to 35 degrees celsius this week. the heat means many farmers are struggling to provide enough food and water for their livestock. now we are having to feed the winter forage that we've kept back for winter, and there's going to be a shortage of straw. it could be quite an expensive winter. we'll be looking at the impact of the hot weather, and whether it's a sign of things to come. also tonight... the foreign secretary warns his german counterpart a no—deal on brexit could damage relations with the eu for a generation. the toddler attacked at a retail park, and how the paramedic learnt the child was the victim of a suspected acid attack. it's horrific, absolutely horrific. we just thought that maybe he'd come into contact with some sort of chemical, but to find out afterwards that that was the case, it's shocking. the home secretary is criticised
for not blocking the death penalty in america for two is suspects from london. and the boy who dreamed of wearing the yellowjersey — geraint thomas is on course to become the first welshman to win the tour de france. and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news, we'll hear from thomas, and also from his team—mate chris froome, with their rivalry set to hot up in the pyrenees. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. it's been the hottest day of the year, at 33.3 degrees celsius in suffolk. an amber heat—health alert has been issued for much of the east and south—east of england — with forecasters predicting temperatures could go
still higher this week, up to 35 degrees celsius. people are being urged to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when it's strongest. daniela relph is in hyde park in central london. daniela, it's not for everyone, this heat, but it does look lovely there? yeah, it is rather lovely, fiona, but even gone six o'clock in the evening here, no sign of things cooling off in hyde park, and it is the same story across large parts of the same story across large parts of the uk as temperatures continued to soar, and that is why today the met office and public health england have decided to issue that amber alert. a parched, dried out landscape. this is hertfordshire, but it could be pretty much anywhere in england. the only hint of green, the cricket pitches, which have been watered, as searing temperatures linger. in city centres on public transport
that temperatures can feel particularly oppressive. for some there is downtime, but for many working through the heat, day after day, is now tiresome. i'm struggling. we've got a meeting just now, but we had to escape the office, we don't have air con, it's broken. the tube, you know, it is not pleasant to get to work. it was good for the first five days, and i think after that, everyone has just gone a bit loopy now with it. well, i'm trying to remember that it won't be like this all the time. bertrand chamayou, that's basically about it. —— yeah, that's basically about it. it is awful, but i try to wake up every day and say, "it's great," because in a few months, it won't be like this. the met office has issued a heat health watch alert. that only happens during a prolonged period of high temperatures. the alert urges people to protect
themselves and stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest. it is really serious because older people might have underlying health problems, perhaps many tablets, and the hotter weather kept them over in not being able to cope, and we are seeing a spike in our a&e demand, so rouhani departments have been the busiest record. despite this and the rest, still whether to be enjoyed, with care... iphone sleeping difficult, find it very hot. with care... iphone sleeping difficult, find it very hotlj with care... iphone sleeping difficult, find it very hot. i am drinking more water, and using ice, which we don't usually bother.l problem for us, no, betterthan cold, wind and rain! keeping cool and calm on the speech we re keeping cool and calm on the speech were essential, especially with the
forecast for hotter weather ahead. daniela relph, bbc news. the heatwave is causing problems for farmers concerned about their crops and livestock. some are running short of water for their animals, others are having to use up their supply of winter feed, because of the lack of grass. and the national farmers union says every day of heat and no rain is likely to damage the harvest. danny savage reports from selby in north yorkshire. in this parched field on the edge of the vale of york, all humans are welcome — because they bring food. these cows should be eating the grass, but no rain means it hasn't grown, so they have to eat baled feed — highly unusual in summer and very expensive. i've never known anything as dry as this, in all my time farming. i don't think we've had any significant rain for, oh, it'll be six weeks, i would think. so now we're having to feed the winter forage that we've kept back for winter, and there's going to be a shortage of straw.
it could be quite an expensive winter. it is exceptional. the last and we had conditions like this was 1976... a short distance away atjohnson‘s commercial nursery, they grow plants for garden centres and local authorities. the trouble is the hot weather means fewer people are wanting to buy plants, because they don't think they'll last. there has been a tangible slowdown in optics, ever since the talk of hosepipe bans etc, people are not willing to put plants in and just watch them, sort of, die in front of them. every farmer we've spoken to concede that even fields which are what are the quickly turning bone dry again. here in the vale of york, the ground doesn't crack up or anything like that. itjust turns to dust, making it completely unsuitable for growing any crops. as you can see, this is an irrigated crop. it's wilting. it's just not growing. guy grows carrots for a living. the conditions mean they're much smaller than they should be. the business consequences are of course we have a lot less crop. we're letting our customers down,
we've got less income coming into the business, and the longevity of that means we won't have the money to grow next year's crop, u nless we com pletely revisit our models with our customers and our price, because we are in a critical condition. yet again this year the extremes of the british weather are playing havoc with those whose livelihoods depend on it. danny savage, bbc news, north yorkshire. our science editor david shukman is here. david, the hottest day of the year so far, likely to get hotter still this week — how does this compare to heatwaves in previous years? well, it is pretty extraordinary, very severe, rolling on week after week. but let's look back at a couple of years in particular. in 1976, there were 15 days running where somewhere in the uk was above 32 degrees celsius, and in 1969 there were 70 days in suffolk with less than imm of rain. we are heading that way, but we are
not there yet. what is extraordinary this time, is to have heatwaves going on in so many different countries at the same time. scandinavia, the temperatures there, above 30 degrees. even inside the arctic circle, where sweden is battling wildfires. japan has record temperatures above a0 degrees and several dozen people have died. what is going on here, everybody is asking. in the case of the uk we know about the jet stream of of us very us very slowly, very stable conditions of high pressure, but scientists are also pointing to the fa ct scientists are also pointing to the fact that global average temperatures have been rising because of climate change. it doesn't mean we will have a heat wave like this every year from now on, but it does mean the risk goes up. it means let's see children enjoying holiday sunshine right now, they will probably grow up into a world where the waves become much more frequent. david, thank you. --
we re more frequent. david, thank you. -- were heatwaves become much more frequent. —— where heatwaves become much more frequent. this week sees the start of a concerted push by government ministers to sell the uk's latest brexit blueprint across europe. today, the foreign secretary is in berlin, where he has warned of a brexit no—deal by accident, if the eu doesn't change its negotiating position. jeremy hunt said he feared such an outcome would change british public attitudes to europe for a generation. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. get used to seeing this. the new foreign secretary and the rest of the government tightening the focus on brexit, as the time ticks down to the october supposed deadline. jeremy hunt meeting his vital german counterpart today, telling the eu, in strong terms, "the block isn't us, it's you." without a real change in approach from the eu negotiators, we do now face a real risk of no—deal by accident. it would change british public attitudes to europe for a generation, and it would lead to a fissure in relations, which would be highly damaging.
just in case you hadn't realised how serious he thinks no—deal might be, in a later tweet, he said, "the only person who would be happy is vladimir putin". remember the government used to say that no deal is better than a bad deal. that feels different now, with the cabinet on the road in the north—east today, surrounded by pressure from all sides. very nice to see you, and it is a joy to be here in newcastle. the eu that doesn't like much of its plan... we demand a people's vote! former remainers who think the government's compromise doesn't really add up. brexiteers who think it would keep us too close to the eu for good, and most importantly, many members of the public, who have their doubts, who, for the first time in more thana year... thanks very much, everybody, and it's great to be here today. ..were able to put questions directly to theresa may. what confidence do you have that
you will sell this plan to the rest of europe? with the divorce bill being so high, will we still reap the benefits of the projects that that money has been set aside for? in the event that parliament rejects the deal negotiated with the european union, is it inevitable that there will be a no deal brexit? we are going into a negotiation, we are making sure we are prepared for no deal, and government is stepping up its preparations for no deal, because it only makes sense to be prepared for all contingencies, but i'm working to get a deal that parliament will support, because they will see it is a good dealfor the uk. this place packs up officially tomorrow, but there's a huge summer of work ahead. the outline of the brexit deal is meant to be done in 12 weeks' time in october, and while the rhetoric is getting hotter, there's still no guarantee that the eu and then parliament can agree. that will matter notjust to the cabinet's future, but to all of ours. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. two people have been killed
and 13 others injured — including a young child — after a gunman opened fire on a busy road in the canadian city of toronto. the suspect, who was 29, was found dead in an alley, after exchanging fire with police. officers say the motive for the shooting — in an area of cafes and restaurants — is unclear. donald trump and the iranian president, hassan rouhani, have traded hostile warnings, amid rising tensions between the two countries. president trump warned mr rouhani to "never threaten the united states again" or suffer the consequences, as he increases pressure on iran to curb its nuclear activities. the iranian president had earlier warned that war with his country would be "the mother of all wars". three men have been arrested after a three—year—old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack in worcester. the child was in his pushchair at a retail park when the incident happened on saturday afternoon. the paramedic who treated the toddler at the scene has spoken exclusively to the bbc — he said the attack was "horrific." from worcester, seema
kotecha sent this report. the busy retail park witnessed a real attack over the weekend. specialist teams spent hours collating evidence, after a three—year—old boy was doused in a corrosive substance while in his pushchair in home bargains. what i saw, it was pink in colour, the fluid, had quite a strong smell, no bleach or acid type smell but it was stringent, like a chemical, really. we met the paramedic who treated him. what was your reaction to a three—year—old being attacked like that? horrific, absolutely horrific. asi that? horrific, absolutely horrific. as i said before, we had no inkling for any reason to suspect it was an acid attack. we just thought maybe he had come into contact with some sort of chemical, but to find out
afterwards that was the case, it is shocking. the attack happened in the store behind me. we have been told the child was with his mother, brother and sister. he was treated in the office at the back for what at first seemed to be some sort of allergic reaction. it wasn't until the police sifted through cctv footage that they ascertain that the attack was in fact deliberate. three men were arrested this morning in london in connection to the attack. another man from wolverhampton was arrested yesterday. west messier police say the motive is still unclear. we are considering all options available to us and keeping an open mind but we are treating it asa an open mind but we are treating it as a potential deliberate attack on from that respect we want to reassure the community we are working hard to make sure we understand the motivation, and as a consequence of that we can make sure we are safeguarding both that individual and the wider community. the boy was discharged from hospital yesterday. he has burns on his face
and arm. officers say the long—term implications of those injuries are unknown. seema kotecha, bbc news, worcester. our top story this evening. it's been the hottest day of the year so far and an amber heat—health alert has been issued. the met office is warning temperatures could rise up to 35 degrees celsius this week. we're at the childhood cycling club of geraint thomas — as he attempts to become the first welshman to win the tour de france. coming up on sports day in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, a racism row brewing in german for, as mesut ozil quits the national team. the home secretary has come under criticism, after it emerged the uk has dropped its demand for assurances that two men from london won't face the death penalty if they are sent for trial in america. the men are accused of being part of an islamic state group cell, which murdered western hostages.
they were captured in syria injanuary, and have been stripped of their british citizenship. our security correspondent frank gardner reports. the four british jihadists, nicknamed the beatles, accused of beheading western and other hostages in 201a. mohammed emwazi, dubbed jihadi john by the media, who was killed in a drone strike in 2015, davies is in a prison in turkey, kante and bill sheikh were captured by kurdish syrian forces in january but are still being held. the american journalist james foley was one of their alleged victims. the day his mother spoke out against any
possible death sentence. mother spoke out against any possible death sentencelj mother spoke out against any possible death sentence. i think that would just make them martyrs in their twisted ideology. i would like them held accountable by being sent to prison for the rest of their lives. but the government has come under pressure to explain what appears to be an about—face on its long—standing opposition to the death penalty. i put it to ministers, they cannot be a little bit in favour of the death penalty. either we offer consistent opposition or we don't. either we offer consistent opposition or we don'tlj either we offer consistent opposition or we don't. i am not aware of this ever having happened before, and why have we not asked foran before, and why have we not asked for an assurance when it would be perfectly proper to do so? whitehall officials say it is not the first time this has happened, and today the security minister stood by the decision. in this instance and after carefully considered advice the government took the rare decision
not to require assurances in this case, and it would be inappropriate to comment further on that specific case. but what if the us wants to send the pair took one tonne obey? if that happens, says the government, then it would withhold key intelligence on the two suspects. it wants to see that facility closed. where and how these two eventually face trial is of paramount interest of the relatives of their alleged victims. they want to see them held accountable in court for some of the most hideous crimes they are alleged to have committed. frank gardner, bbc news. labour mps are currently meeting to debate whether to adopt an internationally—recognised definition of anti—semitism. the party's ruling committee has been criticised for approving a definition, which omits several examples of anti—semitic behaviour. supporters of the leader jeremy corbyn accuse his opponents of creating a row in order to discredit him. from westminster, iain watson reports. has labour done enough on
anti—semitism, mr corbyn? jeremy corbyn and his top team had done the macro been —— had been meeting. tonight in fines of his wishes his mps are meeting to debate the issue. what is your message tojewish labourmps, mrcorbyn? what is your message tojewish labour mps, mr corbyn? and a veteran labour mps, mr corbyn? and a veteran labourmp is labour mps, mr corbyn? and a veteran labour mp is facing disciplinary action for telling jeremy corbyn to his face that he was seen as anti—semitic. his face that he was seen as anti-semitic. sided confront him and i told him you can only be judged on what you do, not what you say, it is actions not words that are really important. he was perceived as being anti—semitic and a racist. important. he was perceived as being anti-semitic and a racist. at the core of this dispute is a war of words in labour's ranks. the party's ruling national executive backed by jeremy corbyn adopted a code of conduct that approves an internationally accepted definition
of anti—semitism but exclude some specific examples which other bodies use. labour's code for incidents doesn't say it is anti—semitic to draw comparisons of contemporary israeli policy to that of the nazis. instead, it's israeli policy to that of the nazis. instead, its code tells party members to resist using those nazi metaphors that adds... labour officials say this is simply turning loosely worded examples on toa turning loosely worded examples on to a more robust, legally enforcea ble to a more robust, legally enforceable code. so why won't margaret hodge except those reassurances? the deuce have reached out —— thejewish people have reached out to jeremy corbyn, out —— thejewish people have reached out tojeremy corbyn, right through the process they have been rejected. tonight labour mps are discussing adopting the international agreed examples of anti—semitism word for word but the leader is defending his party's code of conduct. what has been done is an
honest attempt to make sure that we do make it clear we will not tolerate anti—semitism in any form, and we will allow legitimate debate on issues facing israel and palestine, but it cannot ever be conducted in any kind of anti—semitic form. conducted in any kind of anti-semitic form. this whole row isn't just about words, it is anti-semitic form. this whole row isn'tjust about words, it is about trust. jeremy corbyn's critics believe he has been too slow to act on anti—semitism, but some of his supporters believe the issue has been used to undermine him. united parties tend to do better in the polls, so labour's journey parties tend to do better in the polls, so labour'sjourney to power may have become bumpier. iain watson, bbc news. a look at some of the other main stories today, and a former youth coach at southampton football club has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young trainee. bob higgins was found not guilty on a second count of the same offence. the jury at winchester crown court was unable to reach verdicts on a further a8 charges. the prosecution says it will seek a retrial. barclays plans to create up to 2,500 jobs at a new hub in glasgow, doubling its current workforce in scotland. the bank will house its technology
and operations teams on the banks of the clyde. barclays says it will "play a pivotal role" in the bank's "long—term strategic priorities". the amount of energy generated from offshore wind turbines around the uk is set to double in the next decade according to government estimates. it's claimed it could be enough to meet up to a third of the uk's energy needs thanks to subsidies which have seen the cost offshore electricity generation halve in recnet years. after years spent riding in the shadow of his team—mates, sir bradley wiggins and chris froome, the cardiff—born cyclist geraint thomas could this week become the first welshman to win the tour de france. the team sky rider currently wears the yellow jersey, with team leader and four times winner chris froome in second place. our wales correspondent sian lloyd has been down to thomas's old cycling club — the maindee flyers — and there's little argument there over who they're backing to win...
lift the pace up, lift it up, keep together, come on! they're amongst his biggest fans. at the club where it all started for geraint thomas, excitement is building, that perhaps he could bring home the yellow jersey. here, they remember his first taste of victory, and wearing a yellow shirt to receive his prize. geraint thomas was aged just nine when he joined the maindy flyers. he came up from the centre, looked over the fence, saw what was going on and thought, "oh, i'd like to have a go at that..." deborah wharton was running the club in 1995, and remembers his first day. along with others here, she's willing him on. staring at the tv every day, and of course praying he stays upright as well and everything but, yeah, if he could have the yellow one in paris, yeah, fantastic. might fly out there. thomas is race leader, going into the final week of the competition, but holding onto that yellowjersey is by no means certain. he has an advantage over second placed team—mate and four—time winner chris froome, but insists the success of the team is the top priority.
the longer i can stay up there with the main guys, great, but as we've said all along, as long as one of us is on the top step in paris, that's the main thing. but there's no doubt who these youngsters are supporting. geraint thomas often visits the club, and many of them have met him. it's nice to see someone from our background doing a lot for us, inspiring us. making me do better in training to try to pursue my dream is to become an olympic cyclist, to make me train harder so maybe one day i'll be like him. he may be the first welsh person to win the tour de france, so i'd be excited to see him win it. but the road ahead will be challenging, with tough mountainous stages through the pyrenees yet to be overcome. sian lloyd, bbc news, maindy cardiff. time for a look at the weather, here's nick miller. ina word,
in a word, hot. yes, like it or loathe it, heatwave weather is back across some parts of the uk, particularly into england, and this isa particularly into england, and this is a view from southwark today where the met office says it was the highest temperature that we know of so highest temperature that we know of so far, and the highest the uk has recorded so far this year at 33.3 celsius. that beat the previous, 33 on the nose, last month. it is not just hot, it is humid across particularly parts of england, and of course it is still dry as well. it is not hot everywhere, sort of different air masses coming into the uk at the moment, so a different feel to the weather opening where you are. the blue arrows indicate a fresher feel into scotland and northern ireland, westernmost parts of inland and wales from the atlantic. and then these orange and red arrows coming up from africa, temperatures will be in excess of 30
celsius in the hot spots, humidity and a very warm night. a bit of rain today, in scotland and northern ireland, this weather front has gradually been moving further south and will continue to do such a bit of rain today, in scotland and northern ireland, this weatherfront has gradually been moving further south and will continue to do so tonight. it clears northern ireland and just fades away across southern parts of scotland, any rain becoming increasingly light and patchy from it. look at these overnight temperatures though, fresh in stornoway, 19 degrees in hull, and thatis stornoway, 19 degrees in hull, and that is why it is so difficult for sleeping, with the humidity as well. into tomorrow, that old weather front still sitting through southern most areas of scotland, the far north of england, so you can see the cloud, the chance of a few showers coming through the day. very hit and miss, somehow outbreaks of rain with a freshening breeze coming into the western isles later, a big range of temperatures, from that fresher feeling air in scotland and northern ireland and heat across central, eastern and south east england in
particular, where again the hotspots will be at if not above 30 celsius, but fresher 16 degrees in stornoway. it is not as hot as elsewhere but in the sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland, it will be very pleasant, temperatures just into the low 20s. wednesday away from loffler scotla nd low 20s. wednesday away from loffler scotland with a bit of rain, looking dry and hot again, look at these temperatures trailing off a bit into the weekend, fresher air moving south over the weekend, maybe a bit of rain here and there. next week looks like the dryer and hotter weather will fight back once again. thinking very much. a reminder of our top story... it has been the hottest day of the year so far, the met office warning temperatures could rise up to 35 celsius this week. but the heat means many farmers are struggling to provide enough food and water for their livestock. that's all from the bbc news at six. on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. goodbye. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines —
as the hot weather continues, the met office has issued a health alert, urging precaution in all the heat. the home office says it won't oppose the use of the death penalty if two british men suspected of being islamic state militants are put on trial in america. three men have been arrested following a suspected acid attack on a three—year—old boy in worcester. the labour party is facing calls from some of its own mps, to toughen rules on anti—semitism. a crucial party meeting to discuss the controversy, is taking place this evening. in a moment it'll be time for sportsday, but first let's take a look at what else is coming up tonight on bbc news. in beyond 100 days, as the war of words between donald trump and iran's president rouhani intensifies via twitter, how can the relative peace between iran and the west be maintained? with the met office issuing a heatwave alert, we'll be asking a farmer how the hot weather has affected his business. and at 10.a0 and 11.30, we will look