July’s highest temperature reaches 38.7°C with 365 hours of sunshine
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Both air and sea temperatures in July were higher than the climate norm, together with longer hours of sunshine, and windier days.
The Met Office said today that at 27.7°C, the mean air temperature was 1.1°C higher than the norm, while the mean sea temperature exceeded the expected 24.7°C by 1.3°C, rising to a maximum of 27°C on the 24th and 25th of July.
The hottest day was on the 13th of July, when the mercury hit the 38.7°C mark, however this was 4°C lower than the highest July temperature on record, which was reached back in 1988.
There was plenty of sunshine in July, the Met Office said, and a marginally lower cloud cover of 0.8 oktas.
It noted that the first weekend of the month was particularly bright, with both Saturday and Sunday enjoying a full 12.9 hours of sunshine. Even on the dullest day in July, there was over seven hours of sunshine.
The mean wind speed was 0.8 knots higher than the expected 6.8 knots, with a maximum gust of 33 knots recorded on the 25th of July.
Also on the same day, thunderstorms were observed from the Meteorological Office. A trace amount – 0.01mm – of precipitation was recorded, with no dew reported for the month.
Photograph by Alain Salvary