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London Broiling: Brits brace for what they call heat (PHOTOS)


The temperatures in London soar.


Dan Kitwood

Brits are bracing for the hottest day in their "heat wave" to strike this weekend, with temperatures in London likely to reach 90 degrees Farenheit.

Now, that might not sound that hot to Americans from Death Valley, Calif., where it was 111 degrees on Friday and the mercury regularly tops 100. But still. It's hot, and Brits aren't taking it lightly.

The Met Office has issued heat wave alerts for large parts of England, including Yorkshire and the Humber, which has a 90 percent chance of a heat wave this weekend, according to the BBC.

Here's a photo of what some of our British friends are doing to keep a cool upper lip and all that.

And they are not alone.

Enjoy, and stay cool wherever you are right now:

Young Brits eat ice cream in the sandpit on the Southbank on July 9, 2013 in London. Britain's current warm weather spell is set to continue into the weekend and beyond. (Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

A school boy drinks cold water from a tap to cool himself on June 18, 2013 in downtown Budapest, Hungary. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain is not alone in facing severe temperatures that threaten vulnerable populations. A heat wave that hit Japan a week ago has claimed at least a dozen lives, AFP reported.

Here, a boy plays with a water fountain in Tokyo on July 7, 2013.

(Rie Ishii/AFP/Getty Images)

A man cools off at a fountain in Seville, on July 7, 2013. Spain issued an orange heat alert for 11 Spanish provinces this week, including Cordoba and Seville, with the temperature expected to reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. (Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images)

A child jumps in a fountain on July 8, 2013 to cool off in the center of Skopje. Macedonia is hit by a heat wave with temperatures reaching 95 degrees Farenheit. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman shields herself from the sun as a heat wave hits Shanghai on July 4, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Captain, a boxer pitbull mix, wears sunglasses as he drinks water in Echo Lake Park in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2013. In recent days, temperatures on the West Coast of the United States have soared as high as 126 degrees Farenheit. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

An elephant cools off at Tokyo's Ueno zoological gardens on July 11, 2013. Tokyo's temperature climbed near 95 degrees Farenheit and the city of Tatebayashi, 50 miles north of Tokyo, marked 103 degrees as a heat wave continued in the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

A boy jumps into the murky waters of Navotas de Bay in Manila, Philippines. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

An Indian youth dives into the water in a swimming pool on the outskirts of Amritsar, India on May 26, 2013. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Santa Monica Beach in California is in the grips of a heatwave. (Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian school boys cool off in an inflatable swimming pool during a summer camp at a school in Amritsar on June 4, 2013. Temperatures then hovered around 113 degrees Farenheit. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

A man takes a rest from the heat in a Shanghai park on July 2, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)