July warmest month ever
July 2006 was the warmest month ever recorded since records began in 1914, the Met Office has declared. The UK mean daily temperature for the month was 17.8 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 17.5 degrees set jointly in July 1983 and August 1995. The UK mean daytime maximum temperature was 23.1 degrees Celsius, and there was 263 hours of sunshine, 50% above the July average. There was 27% less rain than usual. Both Germany and Denmark also recorded the hottest every July in their respective countries. Met Office scientists are analysing the data to assess the risk of future very hot summers as a result of climate change.
This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .