You'll probably be excited to know that the upcoming summer is set to be one of the hottest UK summer's in recent history, with weather forecasters predicting that we will be having 3 months of blazing heat from June on-wards. It sounds promising, though like many pessimistic Brits, I will only believe it when I see it.
If we do have a baking hot summer though, what will it feel like? The hottest summer's in UK history give us a little bit of an indication...
The scorching summer of 2003
The highest temperature that has ever been recorded was captured 11 years ago back in 2003. The incredibly high 38.5C (101.3F) temperature was captured at a weather station close to Faversham in Kent, in the second week of August. Prior to this, the record had been 37.1C (98.8F) that was taken way back in the 1990's!
The never-ending summer of 1959
This summer is still perceived by many (of whom are old enough to remember), as one of the greatest summers that there ever was in the United Kingdom. The '59 summer was a joyous one, with temperatures rising above 21C (70F) and remaining this temperature daily for a duration of over three months!
The unforgettable 2006 heatwave
The country saw the most baking July temperature ever recorded as the sun blazed across the UK throughout the 2006 European heatwave. In Surrey, thermometers hit 36.5C (97.7F). This overtook the prior 36C(96.8F) July record, that had also been recorded in Surrey in 1911. The heat even overtook Rome, Spain, Athens and Malta that year!
1976: The most roasting summer in the record books
Has there ever been a lengthier period of persistent heat than the summer of ’76? Fact says there has not. Temperatures in the UK soared to an unbelievable 32.2C (89.96F) every day for about 15 days, and this was non-stop! Certain areas of the country went for longer than a month with 0 rainfall, and water was rationed by the Minister for Drought of whom was newly-appointed. Yes that's correct, our country got so parched, that a minister had to be appointed to resolve it. Unbelievable.
The summer drought of 1949
In 1949, the summer saw the most baking average temperatures for a 30-year period. It also brought along with it one of the most awful droughts that had ever been experienced in the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, water levels dropped by such an extent that Derwent village, of which had been flooded six years prior, emerged at the surface for rediscovery. In the evenings of June and July, heat throughout the evening failed refused to go below 24C (75C)!