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Boy dies in UK canal on hottest day of the year after desperate police search

A 16-year-old boy was found dead by police on the hottest day of the year after a frantic search to find him.

The unnamed boy was pulled from the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Burnley, Lancashire, on Saturday evening.

And Lancashire Police have now confirmed the teen entered the water near Empire Way in the town, reports The Sun.

Emergency services were called at 4.20pm on Saturday afternoon, sparking a frantic search.

It ended when his body was recovered from the water just before 7.20pm.

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A force spokesman said: “A 16-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this distressing time.

“Our inquiries are continuing.”

It comes as the Met Office confirmed the UK had an unprecedented seventh consecutive day of 30C heat on Sunday.

Saturday was officially the hottest day of the year so far, with a temperature of 32.7C recorded at Heathrow.

For the last week, Britain has been trapped under a stifling ‘heat dome’ as temperatures have exceeded 30C across the country.

However, the Indian Summer currently suffocating the UK is set to come to a crashing end as temperatures are finally set to plummet to sub-20C this coming week.

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Autumn seems like it might finally be arriving, as storms will be accompanied by the far more recognisable wind and rain which are set to hit the UK from Wednesday.

The north of the UK is set to be the worst affected by the downpours, as Manchester is in for 10 days straight of rain from Thursday, September 14 right through until Saturday, September 23.

Before then though, things are set to cool down from this Tuesday (September 12), as temperatures will plummet from the balmy highs of 30C to the far more manageable 22C – accompanied by thundery showers.

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