We discover this year's heatwave pictures are identical to the dazzling summer of 1976

Back then, the heatwave triggered the worst UK drought for 150 years. For more than a fortnight, temperatures across England and Wales hit a sweltering 32C.


While last month Brits were told to cut their showers to just four minutes to save water, 42 years ago a drought minister was appointed and hosepipes were banned.

To show there’s nothing new under the summer sun, AMY READING compares the heatwaves of ’76 and ’18 in then-and-now shots of British hotspots.














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