Fear is spreading through London
THE temperature is rising - and it's nothing to do with the heatwave.
The UK has been left stunned by an unprecedented spate of disasters that have created a mix of shock, fear and anger that makes for a volatile national mood.
There have been four terror attacks in three months - Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, as well as the Grenfell Tower inferno that killed at least 70 people in a horrific blaze.
A hung parliament after the election has left Prime Minister Theresa May scrambling to form a government as the country prepares to leap out of the European Union - and there's been a backlash over austerity, as well as claims of "corporate manslaughter” that led to protests over Grenfell Tower.
Add to that the spectre of job losses, the weak pound and anger at the "mainstream media”, and there is a feeling of a nation at sea without a captain.
At the scene of the Finsbury Park terror attack, locals spoke about their growing fear while living in one of the most multicultural cities on earth.
Emmanuel Bejedi, 24, whose friends were injured in the attack, said: "I'll be honest. I'm getting scared.
"How many have we been seeing like this? It's snowballed. We love this country so why are things happening like this? We don't know where it's going to be next.
"It's ridiculous. We need this to stop.”
Tunisian Bilal Hamadaoui, who moved to London six years ago, summed it up: "We don't know what happened, I'm scared, you're scared. Everybody is scared.
"I left my country because of this problem, but in this country, it's the same thing. We pray next time it will be better.”
Mother-of-four Muna Mohammed, 32, said she was terrified for her children given the Finsbury Park attack happened on the streets they walked every day.
"Today is proof of what Muslims have been saying for a long time, that we are also targets,” she said.
One witness who didn't want to be named asked: "Why are people so angry? This is London, where you can find any nationality in the whole world. It's hate against hate.”
At a time when the public need reassurance, Ms May's bungling and wooden responses to recent disasters have been dubbed a "Maybot malfunction” - and in the case of Grenfell led to criticism the working class had paid with their lives for budget cuts and bureaucratic buck passing.
The low mood was addressed by the Queen in her birthday speech where she noted it was "difficult to escape the sombre national mood” following "a succession of terrible tragedies”.
Speaking at the scene of the Finsbury attacks, London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who is working through the most difficult two weeks of his career - admitted it had been a "terrible few weeks for London, unprecedented in recent times”.