How hot did it get today? Met Office confirms hottest August in 36.4C heatwave

Earlier this week the Met Office forecast heatwave conditions for parts of the UK. In some areas the Met Office warned temperatures could reach as high as 38C. The UK weather agency has now confirmed temperatures today (Friday, August 7) reached 36.4C in Heathrow and Kew Gardens, making it the hottest August day since 2003.

The Met Office tweeted today: “It’s been very #hot in the southeast this afternoon with temperatures widely above 30°C.

Heathrow and Kew Gardens have now reached 36.4°C, making it the hottest August day since 2003.”

The hottest UK temperature ever recorded in the UK in August was in 2003, when the mercury reached a sweltering 38.5C.

As the chart below shows, this record makes it the hottest temperature ever recorded in Britain in August.

The current record maximum temperature for the UK is 38.7C, which was recorded in Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, 2019.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said earlier this week: “Although much of the UK can expect a spell of warm and sunny weather lasting into early next week, it’s going to turn very hot for parts of England and Wales with temperatures widely reaching above 30 Celsius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

“Met Office heatwave criteria will be reached over East Anglia and southeast England.

“Tomorrow (Friday) is likely to be the hottest day with temperatures of 36 to 37 Celsius in parts of east and southeast England. 

“It’s possible temperatures could reach similar levels on Saturday, before falling slightly on Sunday. 

“There’s also a small chance temperatures could reach close to 38 Celsius in one or two spots in the southeast on Friday, but this will partly depend on the chance of cloud spreading in from the southwest during the afternoon.”

People are being urged to stay safe in the sun today and over the weekend, and the Met Office has issued heat health alerts and warnings across England.

Southern and eastern regions have been placed under a Level 3 Heatwave Action alert.

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The public are also being urged to keep safe when visiting the nation’s beaches.

By midday, the Coastguard said it had responded to dozens of calls and has urged the public to stay safe on the beach.

People are being asked to avoid some beaches along the southern coast, as thousands of people descended from Friday morning.

By Friday afternoon, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council’s beach check app showed 19 of its 24 beaches under red alert, warning people to avoid the areas as safe social distancing is not possible.

The current heat is expected to last for several days, with maximum temperatures likely to remain in the low to mid-30s range.

The Met Office has issued nationwide yellow thunderstorm warnings for next week. 

The warning starts Monday, August 10 until 11.59pm on Tuesday, August 11. 

The Met Office warning states: “Some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms early next week – but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing.”

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