Autumn ‘heat wave’ statistics

Satellite image 29 September

Over the past week we’ve had a period of settled weather bringing clear skies and high temperatures to many areas of the UK. The temperature peaked at 29.9°C at Gravesend in Kenton Saturday 1 October. This marked a new record for October, and a number of other new maximum temperature records were provisionally set as detailed below.

  Previous maximum
temperature
New maximum
temperature
October (UK)  29.4°C
March, Cambridgeshire
1985
29.9°C
Gravesend, Kent
2011
October (Wales) 26.4°C
Ruthin, Denbighshire
1985
28.2°C
Harwarden, Flintshire
2011
29 September  27.8 °C
York
1895
28.8°C
Kew Gardens
2011
30 September 27.8°C
Maidenhead, Berkshire
1908
29.2°C
Sutton Bonnington, Notts, and Cambridge
2011
1 October  29.4°C
March, Cambridgeshire
1985
29.9°C
Gravesend, Kent
2011
2 October 28.1 °C
Whitby, North Yorkshire
1908
29.3°C
Coningsby
2011

For more information about how the Met Office forecasted this spell of warm weather, view our case study.

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