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LONDON. Temperatures in north London reached 34 degrees Celsius (94 Fahrenheit) by Monday afternoon, but residents were anxiously anticipating Tuesday when it was forecast to be even hotter.

Mona Suleiman, 45, and her friend Zaina Al-Amin, 40, were waiting for the bus when the afternoon got warmer.

“I don’t worry about myself in this heat,” said Miss Suleiman, who is from Eritrea. “But I’m worried about my children.”

Her apartment is getting too hot, she said, and despite being advised not to let her children aged 6 and 10 go to school, she decided to send them home because she thought it might be cooler there.

Schools, most of which are in the last week of school before the summer break, have done their best to keep the kids cool, especially in older buildings ill-equipped for high temperatures. At one elementary school on Portobello Road, staff set up a children’s pool, and the children could be heard splashing and laughing from the street.

“Especially at night, in the summer it’s already too hot in my apartment,” she said. Suleiman said, adding that she was worried it would become unbearable on Monday night.

RS. Al-Amin said the women, who are Muslim and wore traditional clothing and headscarves, did not mind the weather outside in their light cotton clothing but were worried about getting on the bus.

“It’s too complicated at the moment,” she said. “Not enough air”.

In Hyde Park, a handful of sunbathers, despite the afternoon heat, spread their blankets on the apparently dry grass. A few paces away, would-be swimmers were turned away from the Serpentine Lido, where a sign indicated that the facility was full. Among them were Lalu Laredo, 19, and Rachel Trippier, 22, who were disappointed at being turned down but noted that the warm water, which was 26 degrees Celsius (78.8 Fahrenheit), was in fact could make them feel worse.

“London is really not the place for days like this,” Laredo said, lamenting the lack of places to cool off in the intense heat.

RS. Trippier added that she was worried about the new reality of increasingly extreme temperatures.

RS. Laredo agreed. “It’s always in our heads,” she said. “It’s disappointing that people still deny it.”

Across the center of London, the area around St.’s Church St. Paul’s Cathedral was bustling with life at lunchtime despite the heat. Several runners dodged cars and pedestrians under the scorching sun. Tourists stood in the shadows of the cathedral, consulting the maps on their phones. Office workers, despite the heat, wore jackets outside and carried takeaway food.

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The pubs used the scorching sun to their advantage. “Ice ice baby!” was scrawled on a sign outside the Paternoster Pub. “Refreshing peach iced tea or iced coffee!”

On a working day, at least 80 people usually dine in a pub. But on Monday, when many workers were urged to work from home, there were five.

“There are usually more people there than there are now,” said Sam Jordan, 22, a bartender. “I think a lot of office workers work from home.”

In nearby Paternoster Square, about three dozen people sat on sun loungers or at picnic tables, some in the shade, dined and watched a large screen set up a few weeks ago for spectators to watch Wimbledon. On Monday, the crowd watched a show about politics and the upcoming battle to choose a new prime minister.

Marilyn Tan, holding a protective umbrella in her hands, said that she had just stepped off the plane from Singapore, where the weather was a little cooler than in London.

“It had no effect on me,” said Miss. Tan, 57 years old. “I’m fine. I didn’t even tie my hair back.”