Summer 2018 - the hottest on record?

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This summer was, give or take a few hundreths of a degree, the joint hottest on record together with 2006, 2003 and 1976 says the Met Office in its provisional analysis.

However, 2018 was clearly the warmest summer on record for England, with a provisional figure of 17.1C as of 31 August beating the 17.01C of 1976. It is not going to be a record for Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland where the records stand at 16.1C (1995), 14.1C (2003) and 15.5C (1995) respectively.

Looking back to 1659 through the Central England Temperature series only 10 summers have averaged above 17C. Six of those have occurred since 1976, and only two (1826, 1846) were pre 20th Century.

Not surprisingly this summer is also likely to finish in the top 15 driest summers, and top 5 driest for England. It is also in the top 5 sunniest for the UK.

After a hot June and July, August turned out to be closer to average with the mean temperature less than half a degree above average and rainfall 8% below average for the UK as a whole.

See our dry weather pages for more information and advice.

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