Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Highest temperature ever recorded in the UK

Change in ° F = 9/5 * change in ° C = 1.8 * change in ° C

So when you see a reference to a change in ° C, the change in ° F is almost twice as big.


By Michael Le Page
July 30, 2019

As the world warms, yet another all-time national heat record has been set. The 38.7°C [101.66°F] recorded in Cambridge Botanic Garden on 25 July during the recent European heatwave has now been confirmed to be the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK.

The UK’s Met Office checked the instrument and site before confirming the record, which is why it has taken a few days to confirm.

New all-time national records were also set on 25 July in Germany (42.6°C/108.68°F), Belgium (41.8°C), Luxembourg (40.8°C) and the Netherlands (40.7°C). Many more places across Europe also recorded the highest temperatures ever for those locations.


The July heatwave in Europe came just a few weeks after a June heatwave set records. Many other parts of the world have also had record heat.

So far this year 11 countries have recorded their hottest ever temperatures, according to weather records compiler Maximiliano Herrera. None have recorded coldest ever temperatures.

None of the new heat records are likely to last long. The world has so far warmed around 1°C [1.8°F] and is currently on track to warm 3 or 4°C [7.2°F] by 2100. As the warming continues, heatwaves will continue to become ever more extreme.

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