First half of September "warmer than summer"

In the first half of this month the UK was on average warmer than June, July or August, with a mean temperature over 3°C higher than the average September.

Image: HW
Image: HW

The difference has been most pronounced on the east of the country, with Norfolk and Suffolk seeing a variance from average temperatures of 4.3°C over the September average.

Meanwhile the hottest day of the year was recorded in Gravesend, Kent on 13 September at 34.4°C - the first time in 60 years that the temperature has peaked in September.

Minimum temperatures were also significantly higher than average, with those in North West England and Eastern Scotland 3.8°C warmer than average.

The Met Office said: "These higher temperatures both through the day and night have been caused by warm and humid air being drawn up from the Continent."


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