The United Kingdom braced for record-breaking heat on Thursday as temperatures climbed above 86 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country by mid-morning.
A new temperature record for July was set after the mercury reached 36.9C (98.4F) at Heathrow Airport, and the Met Office predicted that temperatures could rise to 102 degrees in some spots by the end of the day.
With forecasters estimating that temperatures could rise above the current all-time UK temperature record of 101F on Thursday, social media users took to Twitter to marvel and complain.
Here are some of the best memes that sum up the country's reaction to the sweltering summer temperatures.
1. People made dramatic cartoon comparisons.
Me stepping outside my house for two minutes: #hottestdayoftheyear https://t.co/ZkjaH4p0I3— J🌺 (@J🌺)1564054841.0
2. Going to bed in a heatwave felt like sleeping on the sun.
Hello to everyone who can't sleep right now because it's approximately 7,000,000°C.— innocent drinks (@innocent drinks)1564009260.0
3. Some Twitter users vowed to live in their freezers.
Hottest day of the year? I have a cunning plan . . . #hottestdayoftheyear https://t.co/LpMNXghKhb— Richard Porterhouse (@Richard Porterhouse)1564047081.0
4. The air conditioning was a powerful force.
Mum’s a bit nippy, I’ve burst into flames. #hottestdayonrecord https://t.co/5OLNJ95n4w— Daisy May Sitch (@Daisy May Sitch)1564054038.0
5. Some people in the UK needed good luck.
To all my fellow Irishmen & women in the UK today, stay safe. We’re not built for this. #hottestdayoftheyear https://t.co/FObq3mdkmZ— Vinny McGovern (@Vinny McGovern)1564038801.0
6. People had to be particularly brave to use the London Underground.
Stepping on to the bakerloo line knowing you have to make it to Waterloo in 40 mins #hottestdayonrecord… https://t.co/zvQKuoBDss— Anoushka Twining (@Anoushka Twining)1564057119.0
7. People wondered what clothing they could get away with at work…
Me this morning #hottestdayoftheyear https://t.co/eAMu5MSryZ— Carl Anka is a Replicant (@Carl Anka is a Replicant)1564039850.0
8. Some Twitter users reported that even their electronics couldn't cope with the heat.
My iPhone is on shut down mode because of the heat lol, that’s never happened here in the U.K. before. #UkHeatWave— 𝓚𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓮 🦋 (@𝓚𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓮 🦋)1564055172.0
9. Lastly, one Twitter user posted a warning to keep candles inside.
OMG! This candle has completely melted! #hottestdayonrecord https://t.co/6QBexShEXH— Hotdog & Doughost 🎃👻 (@Hotdog & Doughost 🎃👻)1564055703.0
Met Office experts said the current weather pattern is driving hot air from the south, with temperatures on Thursday reaching 86 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-morning.
It wasn't just the UK that experienced a recent heatwave, but some of the world's most prominent cities.
In Paris, temperatures climbed to a whopping 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is me in Paris this week: (#canicule ) #WFD2019 https://t.co/fYamfrbCGn— Gory 💀Slipknot (Lori Whynot)🎃 (@Gory 💀Slipknot (Lori Whynot)🎃)1564001383.0
When I hear Paris has hit 108 degrees, part of me thinks "This is bad news! Global warming is a huge issue we must… https://t.co/H6dCaxvYot— Zardoz: Neo-Anacronism (@Zardoz: Neo-Anacronism)1564085340.0
In New York City, temperatures climbed so high that the officials were forced to cancel the NYC Triathlon and OzyFest.
It's only 93 degrees here in NYC, but it feels like 102 degrees. This is fine. #heatwave https://t.co/GzqFC4rp1a— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage!)1563565712.0
All weekend #heatwave https://t.co/HY9zSPBXis— Style / Design / Real Estate / NYC (@Style / Design / Real Estate / NYC)1563564437.0
And there's a lot more summer left to go.