A seven-day average temperature of 33.1°C – the highest on record – made Dutch people really hot under the collar last week. In a nation not known for causing trouble on the streets, eggs, stones and fireworks were thrown at police by rioters. They were protesting at not being able to use fire hydrants in the streets to cool off. The hydrants are water points for fire engines and the water authorities took action to try to stop them being used to relieve the overheated public. Calm was restored as temperatures cooled.