The Met Office announced 37.8C was recorded at Heathrow Airport today and it hot 37.3C at Kew Gardens in London “making it the hottest day of the year by some way”. The current temperature record was registered at 38.7C (101.7F) at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens last year, while the second hottest day of 38.5C (101.3F) was recorded on August 10, 2003, in Faversham, Kent.
Today’s temperatures have soared above other European hotspots including Ibiza and Lisbon, giving a boost to Britons forced to holiday at home due to the leap in coronavirus cases abroad.
Ibiza reached 33C (91.4F), Lisbon was slightly lower today at 30C (86F) and Berlin only hit 25C (77F).
Earlier today the Met Office noted climate change was exerting an “increasing impact” on the UK and data showed an “undeniable warming trend”.
The news comes as the UK weather authority also warned of possible thunderstorms following today’s scorching temperatures.
The alert warns of gusty winds, hail and “frequent lightning strikes” which could cause damage to buildings.
The Met Office said some places may experience heavy downpours and receive as much as 15-20 mm of rain in less than an hour.
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