Temperatures Hit 34C In Summer Heatwave 16th September 2016
Britain is not known for its high temperatures, but this week many people across the country have been dying to enjoy a splash in a luxury swimming pool as the mercury hit mid-30s C.
The hottest day of the year was even experienced, with Gravesend in Kent reaching 34.4C on Tuesday (September 13th), which made it the highest September temperature recorded since 1911.
Gravesend was not the only boiling hot place in the UK either, with Heathrow and Kew Gardens also hitting 32.8C on Tuesday as well, according to the Met Office.
The country has not experienced temperatures above 30C in September for ten years, making this week’s weather a freak occurrence.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said Tuesday’s temperatures were the peak of the heatwave, and weather will start cooling down over the weekend.
Nevertheless, the sunshine made the south-east – where most of the warm weather was felt – hotter than the likes of Ibiza, Marrakesh in Morocco, and Thailand’s Bangkok.
Unfortunately, those living in the north did not experience such fantastic weather this week, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding occurring in the north-west, north-east, Yorkshire and parts of Scotland instead.
Those with their own outdoor pools will have very much enjoyed this summer, with the UK having enjoyed several unprecedented heatwaves throughout the last few months.
According to the Met Office, Britain saw 178.8 hours of sunshine in August, which is ten per cent higher than the average. Most of this sunny weather was in England, experiencing 12 per cent more sunshine than typical readings for the month.