Despite the prolonged heatwave, provisional temperature data suggests that this July is only the third warmest on record says the Met Office.
July 2006 is the warmest July on record (records dating back to 1910), with an average UK daily maximum of 23.2°C. It is the second hottest July on record for England (average daily maximum of 24.8°C) and the third hottest for Wales (23.1°C).
Although July was largely dry, it was only the sixteenth driest on record for the UK since records began in 1910.
England was the driest country receiving just over half its average rainfall for the month, with the other UK nations much closer to normal.
The dry spell particularly hit East Anglia and south-east England. At Broom’s Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, there were 51 days with no rain at all – the longest this summer. However, the storms at the end of the month pushed the level of actual rainfall received in the whole region to 21mm – only the eighth driest on record.