Tar very much – Claire

They say some like it hot - but you might not if you wear high heels and you have a cobbled street to negotiate.

They say some like it hot - but you might not if you wear high heels and you have a cobbled street to negotiate.

Soaring temperatures melted tar on roads and pavements yesterday, making life difficult for everyone.

Women wearing fashionable shoes had particular problems, with heels becoming stuck in gluey tar.

UK temperature records were broken in Surrey, when thermometers hit 36.3C (97.3F).

In the North-East, a sea breeze kept things a little cooler, though temperatures did hit 25C in Newcastle.

Claire Smith, 23, of Cochrane Park, Newcastle, was on her way from work to meet her boyfriend at the beach when her shoes became stuck in melted tarmac on Grey Street in the city.

She said: "It's unbelievable. I've not seen anything like it. Luckily I wasn't wearing my favourite shoes or I would have been really annoyed."

But cooler weather may be on the way.

A Met Office spokesman said heavy showers and thunderstorms could arrive at the weekend.

He said last night: "We have seen another hot day in the North-East, although wind coming off the North Sea prevented any records being broken and kept things quite cool on the coast.

"There is a chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms during the rest of the week, but it will remain pleasant with lots of sunshine and temperatures of 20C to 25C."

But while many enjoyed the summer sunshine, many were also hard at work trying to keep roads problem free.

In Northumberland, four gritters were out in Alnwick, Tynedale, Berwick and Castle Morpeth, trying to combat melting road tar.

In Newcastle, city council grounds maintenance manager Bill Corbett [correct] and his team have been working around the clock to keep flowers and plants watered during the heatwave.

The heat also delayed Newcastle-to- London trains after Network Rail placed speed restrictions on sections of the East Coast Main Line track near the capital, where soaring temperatures were damaging the line.

Temperatures in the North are expected to reach the 26C mark over the next three days.

Weathermen say there may be showers tonight, with heavier rain on Saturday.

We can expect another dry, hot day on Sunday.


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