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London commuters battle the heatwave on the Tube


Ondon commuters faced scorching temperatures on the metro on Monday during the heatwave.

Tube lines such as Central and Bakerloo reached temperatures in the mid-30s on Monday afternoon, leaving many sweaty and in search of water, while others on new lines such as Circle and District, found respite with air conditioning.

The central line was recorded by Standard as 36C on Monday afternoon, with the Bakerloo line slightly colder at 31C and the coldest Circle line at 28C.

Meanwhile, PA news agency footage recorded temperatures of 35C on a platform at Oxford Circus station and 33C at Edgware Road tube station.

A commuter on the center line told Standard it was “very damn hot”.

“I was sitting around doing nothing and sweating, so you know it has to be pretty hot for that to happen,” he said.

His advice to other commuters was to opt for the bus, stay cool with cold drinks, wear loose, white clothes and stay home with air conditioning if possible.

Two commuters using the Bakerloo line said that although their tube was quiet, it was still stuffy.

Both men admitted they were “on the verge” of struggling in the heat, but said they were trying to stay cool with water and ice cream.

In contrast, a commuter on the Circle line said it was pleasantly cool on the trains thanks to the air conditioning.

“It’s not too hot, it’s not too bad. Jubilee wasn’t too bad either,” said one commuter.

Transport for London (TfL) is advising people to only travel if essential during the heatwave.

Many metro lines were heavily delayed or partially suspended on Monday due to “heat-related speed restrictions”. Tickets are accepted on the buses.

Forecasters predicted temperatures could reach 40C on Tuesday in the capital.