THOUSANDS of people in West Lancashire flocked to beauty spots across the borough and travelled to beaches in neighbouring Sefton to make the most of the searing temperatures.
As mercury levels soared over the past few days to record levels, locals and visitors have been soaking up the sun.
However, the heatwave on Monday and Tuesday led to disruption and concerns for the vulnerable.
Schools and nurseries were affected, train services were disrupted and some businesses chose to reduce opening hours.
Even the wildlife at Martin Mere were forced to seek shelter in the shade! (See picture).
The schools run by the Endeavour Learning Trust academy chain changed to remote learning on Monday and Tuesday.
This included Ormskirk School and Sixth Form College, Burscough Priory Academy, and Tarleton Academy.
Ormskirk School and Sixth Form College and Burscough Priory Academy fell under the Met Office’s red weather warning for extreme heat, which was issued in England for the first time by health officials. A letter to parents from the head of school John Burnham said last week: “You may be aware that the Met Office has issued its first ever red warning for exceptional heat.
“As a result, we have carefully considered how to ensure we maintain high standards of health and safety for all of our school community.
“The chances of meaningful learning getting done in these kinds of temperatures is very low. In addition, students would have to stay inside at both break and lunch, something which also raises a concern about the health and safety of students.”
Students were asked to complete two and a half hours of remote learning. The plan was to return to school on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there was significant disruption to Merseyrail services on its network, however, a normal service was carried out on the Ormskirk line.
Passengers were advised by Merseyrail bosses not to travel unless essential.
Temperatures were expected to drop significantly today (Wednesday).