1937: London in the heatwave

August 7th, 1937

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Britain experienced several heatwaves in 1937.  In May and June of that year, and again in August, temperatures threatened to break records, but just failed to do so.  

Even so, it was extremely hot and men in particular sweltered in heavy suit jackets and trousers, and - in the case of Grenadier Guards - bearskin helmets.


 August 6th 1937 - Children in the lake at St. James' Park  (c)  Topfoto

August 6th 1937 - Children in the lake at St. James' Park

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May 25th, 1937 - Victoria Embankment Gardens

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 August 7th, 1937 - St James' Park  (c)  Topfoto

August 7th, 1937 - St James' Park

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 August 6th, 1937 - Children of the 'Santa Claus' home in their heatwave dress in Waterlow Park, Highgate, London.  (c)  Topfoto

August 6th, 1937 - Children of the 'Santa Claus' home in their heatwave dress in Waterlow Park, Highgate, London.

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 May 29th, 1937  (c)  Topfoto

May 29th, 1937

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August 7th, 1937 - St James' Park

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May 28th, 1937 - 'The crowded tea gardens in Hyde Park, which was the favourite resort for workers in the lunch hour when the heatwave returned in full force to London.'

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August 7th 1937 - 'Adventurous holidaymakers make a bold cruise in their soapbox canoe at Greenwich, London'

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July 3rd, 1937 - 'The long queue stretching for hundreds of yards outside the Wood Green open air pool as bathers waited their turn for a 'cooler'. This queue was only one of the many formed outside London's open-air baths when a July heatwave sent the temperatures soaring.'

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August 7th, 1937

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