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A forgotten June heatwave: 18th June 2000


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The weekend of 17th/18th June 2000 was a scorcher for many places but it is largely forgotten

Temperatures recorded on 18th June 2000

Barbourne: 32.0C

Leeds Weather Centre: 31.7C

London Weather Centre: 31.4C

Northolt: 31.0C

Heathrow: 30.8C

Blackpool airport: 30.0C

Nottingham: 30.0C

Carlisle: 29.6C

Rhyl: 29.1C

Manchester airport: 29.3C

Glasgow airport: 26.0C

It didn't last long although temperatures got into the low 30s in the east, the next day

it turned cooler.

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Forecast from 18th June 2000

19th June 2000

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The 17th, 18th and 19th reached 26.1C, 28.0C and 30.8C here.

 

The 30.8C remains the highest June maximum temperature ever recorded here in 34 years of records.

 

The July that followed was a shocker though, with a mean temp of just 14.9C!

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Remember the 17th as the day England beat Germany 1-o in Euro 2000 - it was a Saturday and barbecues were widespread. Unfortunately, the weather didn't last and neither did England's participation.

You'd have thought that everyone would remember something like that! I take it, it wasn't on penalties!

 

Can't, for the life of me, remember the heatwave...

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Yes I remember that one, a real one-day wonder and the only hot spell of that summer. But it still made it here, with 29C on the Sunday. None of the SE-only syndrome that comes with that kind of setup nowadays.

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Yes I also remember it well, and for the same reason as bringmesunshine- it was the weekend that England beat Germany at Euro 2000. I also played cricket on the Sunday and I recall it being one of the hottest days I've ever played on in this country.

 

Great to see a heatwave such as that one so close to the solstice, just a shame it didn't last!

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i made it 3 days of heat, my diary says 31.5c for monday 19th... local recording, not official.

 

theres been several 1-3 day hot spells in many summers, we forget about them because they are too short.

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24.4c ;26.3c and 27.2c here on those three days. 27.2c is the second highest value recorded in June back to 1977 although it would have been well beaten in 1976. The only other warmer June days were the 30th in 1995 and the 19th in 2005, both of which recorded 27.4c.

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I remember that heatwave quite well- it brought temperatures as high as 26.8C at Cleadon on the 17th, thanks to a slight fohn effect from a south-westerly breeze off the land.  Subsequent days were a bit cooler near the east coast thanks to sea breezes, but the 19th still got to 26.1C.  That spell of hot sunshine was a major highlight of an otherwise generally dry but cloudy month, though the month's rainfall total was raised above average by an exceptionally wet spell on the 3rd/4th with 52mm in just three days.

 

My birthday is the 22nd and my "dream" weather scenario has typically been a spell of hot dry sunny weather in the week leading up to the big day and then a thundery breakdown around the day itself, so I recall that I got very excited by the possibility that it might actually happen.  The heatwave delivered, but the thundery breakdown did not- however, the afternoon of the 22nd had a couple of hefty showers in Tyneside so it was a remarkably close approach considering how hard it is to get that sort of sequence over wide parts of the UK. 

 

I also remember that June 1998 had a fairly close approach with a brief heatwave on the 19th/20th (and that heatwave delivered too, 27.1C on the 20th) and storms for some western parts late on the 20th, but the cloudy changeable Atlantic stuff came streaming back in on the 21st.

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Yep. I remember being at school and it was soooooo hot in the clasrooms. All of us wanted to go outside to sunbathe or play football all day. Teachers said no. Luckily my Geography teacher let us have our lesson outside and ironically we covered the weather outside as it was part of the GCSE syllabus!

The summer was nothing special...I remember it being humid most of the summer holidays and a bit boring to be frank.

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