The Met Office official maximum temperature
ever recorded in the UK was set in Faversham in Kent on Aug 10, 2003. On Thursday morning, July 25, 2019, that record of 38.5°C was still standing and the Met Office said there was a 60 percent chance it would be broken later in the day. Temperatures around 39°C are forecast for Southern England.
The record for highest temperature in Wales was recorded in Hawarden Bridge in Flintshire in 1990, where it was 35.2°C. Scotland has never recorded a temperature higher than 32.9°C, which was what the mercury read in Greycrook on the Scottish border on Aug 9, 2003. In Northern Ireland, two locations share the all-time temperature record of 30.8°C, which has been standing since the 1970s.
While fluctuating temperatures and very hot or very cold days are a normal phenomenon, extreme weather events are expected to become more frequent due to climate change
, which is the increase of global average and mean land and ocean temperatures. According to Friederike Otto, acting director at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, the likelihood of heatwaves in southern Europe is already 10 times higher than it was in pre-industrial times.