UK weather: Hottest late August bank holiday Monday on record as temperatures hit 33.2C

Temperatures hit 28.6C at Tibenham Airfield

Zamira Rahim
Monday 26 August 2019 12:21 BST
UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

Another summer record has been broken with Monday being the hottest late August bank holiday ever, according to the Met Office.

Temperatures hit 33.2C at Heathrow, up from 28.6C at Tibenham Airfield earlier in the day and smashing the previous record of 28.2C.

The previous record was set at Holbeach in August 2017.

Temperatures also hit a high of 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday, while hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed what is thought to be the hottest Notting Hill Carnival ever in west London.

The previous best late August bank holiday temperatures before this weekend were 31.5C at Heathrow in 2001, 27.3C in Velindre, Powys, in Wales and 27C in Knockareven, County Fermanagh, both in 2003, plus the 26.7C that was recorded in Aviemore, Inverness-shire, in Scotland in 1984.

Wales enjoyed a record 28.6C in Hawarden on Sunday when the top temperature in Northern Ireland was 24.2C at Stormont Castle.

Scotland’s top temperature was the 28.4C, recorded at Bishopton near Glasgow on Sunday.

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NHS England issued a heat health warning in response to the spike in temperatures.

Conditions will also be warm outside the southeast, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-20s across the UK.

The warm spell of weather has been caused by an established area of high pressure, which will be broken up by the middle of the week.

The sunny weather comes at the end of what has otherwise generally been a wet month.

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