Phew! July really was a scorcher

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LAST month nudged into the top three warmest Julys since records began in 1910, according to the Met Office

Figures show that, with a mean temperature of 17 °C, it was beaten only by 2006 (17.8 °C) and 1983 (17.3 °C).

This July’s heatwave was more notable for its duration than its intensity, in contrast to the unsettled summers from 2007 to 2012, and was the most significant UK heatwave since July 2006.

High pressure was sitting over the UK bringing prolonged high temperatures between Saturday, July 6 and Thursday, July 24, when a maximum of 28 °C was recorded at one or more locations on each of those 19 days.

The last time the UK saw such a long period of hot weather was August 1997 which also had a 19- day run of high temperatures. The highest temperature for July 2013 was recorded jointly at Heathrow and Northolt on 22 July (33.5 °C).

July 2006 still stands as the hottest month on record in the UK with a mean temperature of 17.8 °C and also saw the record July temperature of 36.5 °C at Wisley (July 19).

The wettest day in July was in Cumbria, when 79.8mm of rain fell at Carlisle on July 28 (97.4mm on a 48 hour rainfall total between 9am on July 27 to 9am July 29).

The hottest day in Scotland was on July 20 (30.5 °C) at Glenlee, with Castlederg in Northern Ireland and Porthmadog in Wales recording their highest temperatures on July 19 (30.1 °C and 31.4 °C respectively).

July’s UK rainfall total was 64mm, with Scotland receiving near normal levels at 83.1mm and the whole of England drier than average at 52.3mm (but with Northern England registering above average rainfall with 75.8mm and Southern England below average at 39.8mm).

Wales (58.0mm) and Northern Ireland (78.2mm) were slightly drier than average.