SUSSEX smoldered on its hottest day on record today.
Preliminary temperatures from the Met Office show the mercury reached 37.6C in the village of Herstmonceux.
The high, which came at 1.40pm today, surpassed the previous Sussex record by a full two degrees Celsius… 16 years later to the day.
On 19 July 2006, 35.6 °C was recorded in Sussex at Wiggonholt, near Pulborough.
Other areas of the county were also hit by extreme heat, with Wiggonholt once again being a hotspot. It reached 34.8 °C at 1:37 p.m.
For the first time, the temperature in the UK surpassed 40C – Heathrow recorded a high of 40.2C at 12.50pm.
The Met Office stressed that these are preliminary figures and would only be checked in a few days.
Brighton may also have had its hottest day ever. Temperatures were predicted to surpass the city’s record 90°F (32.8°C) recorded during the June 1976 heatwave.
A yellow warning remains in place across Sussex for extreme heat that can cause serious illness or danger to life.
Schools across the county have allowed students to wear sports gear that has closed early or not opened at all due to the extreme heat, while train operators have urged commuters not to travel unless absolutely necessary due to speed restrictions and the possibility of serious disruption necessary.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20290130.sussexs-hottest-day-temperature-37c-break-16-year-record/?ref=rss Hottest day in Sussex with temperature of 37C breaks 16-year record