Bristol baked in sweltering highs of 32C today (June 25), the hottest day of the year so far.
The mercury climbed to the scorching temperature at around 4pm, yesterday the thermometer peaked at 31C.
But what lots of people have been questioning is whether today’s sizzling temperatures were the hottest on record?
In a nutshell, no they weren’t – but they were pretty close.
According to Google, our city’s hottest ever temperature was 34C which was recorded in August, 2003.
The UK’s maximum temperature was reported the same year, also in August, in Faversham, Kent, when the mercury peaked at a blistering 38.5C.
Last year, our city baked in 32C highs on July 24 and in 2018 on July 2 Bristol also experienced another scorching day of 32C.
And according to Totterdown’s weather station, this May has been the second driest since records began 140 years ago.