yep yesterday was hot although not as hot as when I was pregnant with Alex and lived in Faversham, fuck knows how I survived that, hottest ever recorded in the uk
* Weather report yesterday, Wednesday *
Temperatures have already (as of 2pm) reached 33 °C in south-east England, making it officially the hottest #SummerSolstice on record and it’s likely by the end of the day that we will have had the hottest June day in forty years.
There’s good news for those who don’t like the hot weather, it’s going to be much fresher tomorrow. For those who like thunder and lightning, there’s the potential for severe #thunderstorms ⚡and #hail as we head into the evening and overnight, especially in the North and then East Anglia first thing tomorrow.
The UK is basking in its hottest June day in 41 years, with a temperature of 34.5C (94F) recorded at Heathrow.
The Met Office reading at the London airport is the highest in June since the mercury hit 35.6 (96F) in 1976 – the all-time high since records began.
The heatwave has seen five sizzling days in a row during which temperatures in parts of the UK have topped 30C.
But weather warnings have also been issued for rain, with thunderstorms expected in some areas.
BBC weather presenter Chris Fawkes said: “To have these really prolonged spells, you need a block of high pressure that directs other weather fronts away.
Then we get the hot weather coming up from Europe.”
Storms are forecast for some areas later in the day, and yellow weather warnings for rain in parts of England, Wales and Scotland are in place until the early hours of Thursday.
Our presenter added: “It is all going to go bang tonight.
“The hot air from the surface will meet with colder air coming in from the Atlantic and we will have some big thunderstorms, gusty winds, heavy rain and, in some places, even hail.
Summer of 1976
The record-breaking summer of 1976 saw nine weeks of blazing sunshine.
Between June and August, blue skies were a daily occurrence and, for two weeks, temperatures were 32C or above consistently.
Five days saw temperatures exceed 35C.
The hottest day of all was 3 July, with temperatures hitting 35.9C in Cheltenham.
A downside was the worst drought in recorded history for the UK, building up from a warm summer in 1975 and incredibly dry months after.
Rainfall in the winter of 1975 was half of what it normally would be, and by the summer of 1976 crops were affected and there were forest fires in the south of England.
But once the summer had come to a close, autumn saw intense rainfall and natural balance was restored.