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Published on June 25th, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans

June 2018’s Heatwave – The Hottest UK June in 42 Years

June 2018 is predicted to be the UK’s hottest June on record for 42 years, as heatwave sends temperatures soaring to up to 30C.

The mini-heatwave is forecasted to hit the UK this week, with temperatures expected to be higher than those in Lanzarote. Covering practically all parts of the UK, the warm spell is equally widespread and is predicted to peak on Thursday. In true British style, many of us will be hitting the sun loungers and beer gardens to make the most of it.

This article will take you back to some of the most memorable UK heatwaves in history.


In 1906, the UK experienced a record breaking heatwave that sweltered the nation between August and September. Still holding the record for hottest ever September in the UK, the 1906 heatwave rocketed temperatures to as high as 36C.


The 1955 UK and Ireland heat wave was a period of severe heat accompanied by drought. The heatwave lasted from late July to late August, making that summer one of the hottest and driest summers ever recorded in the UK. Thousands of people flocked to the most popular British beach resorts to enjoy their annual summer holiday.


As the hottest summer in more than 350 years of records, the infamous 1976 UK heatwave is a difficult one to beat. The heatwave made its appearance in the June, July and August months and came with a massive drought. In a bid to reduce water consumption, people were even urged to reuse their bath water. It’s questionable whether that summer was enjoyed or simply endured, with excess deaths rising by 20%.

1976 heatwave


Breaking record of the hottest day ever in Britain, the 2003 England and Wales heatwave sent temperatures accelerating to 38.1C in Gravesend, Kent. The heat brought with it thrashing thunderstorms, lightening and heavy rains. A shocking total of 20 people were injured after being struck by lightning.

Keep Cool in a Heatwave

Although many of us Brits will make most of the rare sunshine, it’s important to keep cool and stay hydrated. Drinking cold drinks such as water or soft drinks will help keep you hydrated and cool in the baking sun. At the Post Office Shop we have a huge range of Cold Drinks and Water Supplies, all available with next working day delivery.



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