The Met Office announced 37.8C was recorded at Heathrow Airport today and it hot 37.3C at Kew Gardens in London “making it the hottest day of the year by some way”. The current temperature record was registered at 38.7C (101.7F) at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens last year, while the second hottest day of 38.5C (101.3F) was recorded on August 10, 2003, in Faversham, Kent.
Today’s temperatures have soared above other European hotspots including Ibiza and Lisbon, giving a boost to Britons forced to holiday at home due to the leap in coronavirus cases abroad.
Ibiza reached 33C (91.4F), Lisbon was slightly lower today at 30C (86F) and Berlin only hit 25C (77F).
Earlier today the Met Office noted climate change was exerting an “increasing impact” on the UK and data showed an “undeniable warming trend”.
The news comes as the UK weather authority also warned of possible thunderstorms following today’s scorching temperatures.
Met Office announces temperatures soared to 37.8C making today the third hottest UK day on record
A packed Bournemouth as Britons took to the the beach for the UK’s third hottest day
A storm warning covering much of England has been issued.
Friday will see a marked turn in the weather in large parts of England, with the Met Office adding: “But it’s not blue skies everywhere.
“This afternoon will see cloud increasing in the west and the risk of thunderstorms in the east.”
Britons escape the hot weather in the sea
A packed Brighton beach on the UK’s third hottest day on record
A yellow weather warning has been issued from 4pm until midnight across large parts of east and south-east England.
The alert warns of gusty winds, hail and “frequent lightning strikes” which could cause damage to buildings.
The Met Office said some places may experience heavy downpours and receive as much as 15-20 mm of rain in less than an hour.
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Hottest temperatures hit in the UK
Pictures captured today show Britons flocking to the coast, packing out popular beaches spots and swimming in the sea to cool down.
Bournemouth and Brighton were flooded with people hoping to soak up some of the warm temperatures on beach.
Despite the heat Britons still took to social media to discuss today’s weather.
One tweeted: “It’s hotter here in Durham than it is in Nice, south of France!”
Britons chill on the beach with a beer and their phones
Another commenting on the Met Office’s hottest day post, said: “Thank goodness is only today, cooler tomorrow.”
A third noted: “0.5 C difference between Heathrow and Kew is quite significant considering they are close together.
“Heathrow seems to be a hot spot due to all that tarmac and concrete. Would be interesting to see stats from other London/SE sites nearby.
Cooler air is on the way as the weekend will see a cold front that sweeps the UK in the next 24 hours.
The Met Office said temperatures will be back closer to average tomorrow, but it will still pretty warm in the southeast.
Source Daily Express :: UK Feed