Hottest July day on record for the UK

26 Jul 2019 11:18 AM

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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