Summer 2018 officially joint hottest on record, says Met Office
Summer 2018 was the joint hottest on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, the Met Office has announced.
Highest temperatures during June and July were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910.
To the nearest 0.1C, all four years – 2018 as well as 1976, 2003 and 2006 – had an average temperature of 15.8C (60.4F).
England’s average temperatures narrowly beat those seen in 1976. The mean temperature was 17.2C (63F). The 1976 record was 17C.
However, the dry, sweltering conditions were followed by a more average August.
The hottest day of 2018 was Thursday, 26 July, when temperatures reached 35.3C in Faversham, Kent which retains the highest-ever recorded temperature of 38.5C (101F) in August 2003.