[Chester, England, July 2. Image via Getty.]

An elephant cools down in the hot weather at Chester Zoo, in Chester, north-west England, on July 2, 2009. Britain's hottest week in years was threatening to become a wash-out today as parts of the country were put on flood alert. As temperatures soared beyond 30C (86F) in parts of Surrey yesterday, the north east of England was hit by a torrential thunderstorm. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)