Hottest July day on record for the UK
Temperatures yesterday reached 38.1°C in southern England, setting a new record for the highest July temperature recorded in the UK.
The new record was set in Cambridge at 15:37 yesterday (Thursday), beating the previous record of 36.7°C set in Heathrow in 2015 and coming close to the all-time UK temperature record of 38.5°C, recorded in Faversham in August 2003.
Exceptionally high temperatures gripped parts of Scotland and much of central, eastern and southern England today as a plume of hot air continues to push northwards from the Continent. Large parts of central and western Europe, including Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have seen their highest ever temperatures this week, as an historic heatwave sees temperatures climb into the low to mid 40s Celsius.
Heatwaves are extreme weather events, but research shows that with climate change they are likely to become more frequent. Met Office projections show that heatwaves with the intensity of last summer's event could occur on average as regularly as every other year by the middle of the century.
The heat will also trigger thunderstorms and the Met Office has issued a yellow National Severe Weather Warning covering large parts of the country.
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Storm Dennis will bring very heavy rain and strong winds to the UK this weekend, with a risk of flooding and travel disruption in some areas.
Unsettled weather this week ahead of Storm Dennis12/02/2020 14:48:00
Thursday and Friday will see spells of heavy rain, strong winds and further snow for parts of the UK with several severe weather warnings in force, before Storm Dennis brings further very wet and windy weather this weekend.
Storm Dennis to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK11/02/2020 14:38:15
Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.
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Blog posted by: Met Office Press Office, 11 February, 2020.