[Update: Location of previous record was Whitby, North Yorkshire.]
October 1, 3 PM BST Update: The October record has been exceeded by an additional 0.4°C:
The maximum daily temperature record for the UK as a whole for October has been broken with 29.9C recorded at Gravesend at 14:42 BST. The previous record value [29.4°C] was reported at March in Cambridgeshire on 1st October 1985. The Wales maximum temperature value for October has also been exceeded with Hawarden reporting 28.2C at 14:12 BST. The previous was 26.4C at Ruthin in Denbighshire (1st October 1985).The BBC reports:
Record UK temperature for October set at 29.9C
From the Guardian:
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October 1, 2 PM BST Update: The Met Office reports that the UK October monthly high temperature record has been broken:
The maximum daily temperature record for the UK as a whole for October has been broken with 29.5C recorded at Gravesend at 13:27 BST. The previous record value was reported at March in Cambridgeshire on 1st October 1985. The Wales maximum temperature value for October has also been exceeded with Trawscoed reporting 26.6C at 12:50 BST. The previous was 26.4C at Ruthin in Denbighshire Temperature values are still rising, and this message will be updated later this afternoon.Original post:
The Beeb reports that UK national daily heat records were set for both September 29 and 30, beating previous records, each over a century old, by as much as 2 degrees:
On Friday, Cambridge set a new record temperature for the hottest ever 30 September with 29.2C (84.5F), beating the 27.8C (82F) set in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1908.With unseasonably hot temperatures continuing into the weekend, the monthly record for October is also in jeopardy of breaking:
Kew Gardens in west London set another record on Thursday with 28.8C (83.8F) - the highest ever 29 September temperature, beating the mark of 27.8C (82F) set in York in 1895.
The 29.4C (84.9F) record was set at March, Cambridgeshire on 1 October 1985More from the Guardian:
BBC weather forecaster Darren Bett said there was a "good chance" the October record would be broken on Saturday.
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Image (click to enlarge): UK forecast temperatures for 4 pm, Saturday, October 1, from Met Office