Breaking News Update: 40.3 confirmed as hightest temperature recorded in the UK

Breaking News : 40 degrees celsius and climbing as new record set in the UK

5.08 pm: July 22 – The Met Office has confirmed that Coningsby in Lincolnshire now holds the record for the hottest place in the UK at 40.3 degrees celsius.

In confirming the numbers the Met Office said that the high temperatures were much more widespread than had been predicted with 46 stations exceeding the previous highest thermometer reading of 38.7 degrees celsius.

The readings also show that the highest daily minimum temperature was also broken on Tuesday, July 19 with Kenley Airfield near London recording a low of 25.8 degrees celsius.


5.24 pm: July 19 – A succession of cities and places in the UK have now broken the previous highest record set back in 2018.

They are Coningsby and Heathrow at 40.2, Kew Gardens 40.1, Northolt, Cambridge and St James Park all recording 39.9 degrees Celsius.

2.21 pm: July 19 – The MetOffice has confirmed a new record temperature has been recorded in the UK with the mercury hitting 40.2 degrees celsius at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The MetOffice has once again issued warnings to be #weatheraware and to take the necessary precautions as the mercury is still climbing.


2:10 pm: July 19 – The UK has hit a new record of 39.1 degrees Celsius as the mercury continues to climb making the possibility of the forecast 41 degrees, a distinct possibility.

That record follows an overnight all-time high, which was recorded in Kenley in Surrey where the thermometer hit 25.8 degrees Celsius.

The new record set earlier today at 12 pm on Tuesday, July 19 was in Charlwood Surrey with the previous record of 38.7C set in 2019 at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

A provisional high has been set for London, subject to confirmation.

A red alert remains in force for much of the UK although the weather is expected to begin cooling from the southwest later today. The heat is also expected to be broken by isolated thundershowers that will continue over the next few days.

The record high follows the extreme temperatures experienced elsewhere from the US to China to Spain, where the latter has so far recorded its hottest July ever.

Although the record was expected to be broken yesterday, England had to wait for today whereas Wales set a new high mark of 37.1 degrees Celsius at Hawarden.

High temperatures continue to cause problems across the UK with rails buckling, highways and airport runways melting. Police in Cambridgeshire are just one of the many regions that has reported unusable roads that have become “skateparks”.

Authorities have warned of delays on roads as a result, as they have airports and trains with some running reduced schedules due to the heat. The advice is check before your travel.

Speaking to Sky News Bob Ward Policy Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said that: “The UK has got to stop thinking of itself as a cold country.

“In the summer months, we are now a hot country.

“There is no excuse for the government’s lack of preparedness for this kind of extreme heat event.”


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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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