A summer clean-up was launched at a Birmingham pool yesterday as dozens of fish died in the heatwave gripping the region.
Keith Dickenson of Moor Pool fishing club examines a carp as Derrick Dennis area fisheries technical officer reads the oxygen level
At least 50 fish died and were floating on the surface of the Moor Pool in Harborne as algae, whose growth was accelerated by the heat, consumed oxygen in the water.
Anglers said they estimated about 80 per cent of the pool's stock, mainly carp, were casualties of the heat and Environment Agency officials had to pump supplies into the water to boost oxygen levels.
The Met Office was forced to raise its Heat-Health alert to "level three" as temperatures continued to soar and warnings were issued about the vulnerable, including children and the elderly. The Department of Health urged care homes to consider moving vulnerable patients to cooler parts of buildings.
However, while most of the country basked in glorious sunshine, heavy showers and thunderstorms hit parts of Wales and the west of England.
Forecasters said the warm weather was set to continue for the next few days, but temperatures would begin to drop tomorrow as thundery showers made their way east and spread across the rest of the country.