■ Heatwave finally puts 1976 in the shade… with a warm autumn to come
THIS year’s sizzling temperatures have made it the joint-hottest summer on record for the UK, the Met Office revealed.
England experienced its hottest June through to August in records dating back to 1910, with average temperatures narrowly beating those of 1976. For the UK as whole, this summer was at the top of the league table along with 2006, 2003 and 1976 — all of which are within 0.03C of each other.
Although the sweltering conditions seen in much of the country gave way to a more average August, autumn could also see ‘above-average’ temperatures, according to a three-month outlook from the Met Office.
It shows an increased chance of high-pressure patterns, while sea surface temperatures ‘at near-record levels’ also make warmer than normal conditions more likely.
Meanwhile, the heatwave has had an impact on the game of conkers, delaying the fruiting of horse chestnut trees by as much as six weeks.
Martha Boalch of the Woodland Trust said: ‘Over the next month we would expect more fruit to ripen, but only time will tell whether this will be a bumper crop.’