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As others have said, summer 2018 has been a classic. 

We’ve recorded 15 days of 30c+ here in London, today will make it 16 with highs of 32c/33c forecast and there is every chance that Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday could hit 30c. If that happens it would take the number of days hitting 30c+ up to 20. Incredible!

For comparison, Heathrow recorded 21 days of 30c+ in 1976 so we’re closing in on matching that figure. 

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Oh and for what it's worth, this will be added to the guidelines shortly..  

Feels so Autumnal today, loving the change from June and July.

The sad thing is many people don't appreciate that people really struggle in this, from young babies to elderly to asthmatic. Meanwhile they're sitting there going yay it could be 40oC. I'm same as yo

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When was the last time all three summer months reached 30C? Im thinking it must be 2003 but maybe I'm missing one? I just shows you just how abysmal August has been recently. 2016 has the only one which was even okay. 

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Regardless of how August turns out (and lets be honest it isn't looking bad at the moment), this summer will definitely go down as one of, if not the best, especially if you include how May turned out beforehand.

So far we've had (using the Metoffice UK-wide figure):

May - sunniest on record, 23rd driest, 2nd warmest
June - 6th sunniest, 9th driest, 3rd warmest
July - 7th sunniest, 19th driest, 2nd warmest

To get such consistent warm, dry and sunny weather for three consecutive months in this country is exceptional. If people aren't satisfied with this summer then nothing will ever measure up.

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57 minutes ago, reef said:

Regardless of how August turns out (and lets be honest it isn't looking bad at the moment), this summer will definitely go down as one of, if not the best, especially if you include the how May turned out beforehand.

So far we've had (using the Metoffice UK-wide figure):

May - sunniest on record, 23rd driest, 2nd warmest
June - 6th sunniest, 9th driest, 3rd warmest
July - 7th sunniest, 19th driest, 2nd warmest

To get such consistent warm, dry and sunny weather for three consecutive months in this country is exceptional. If people aren't satisfied with this summer then nothing will ever measure up.

A good August. That will measure up.

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14 minutes ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

heat seems to be only affecting SE today, cooler here today no sun at all

we had plenty of sun mid morning just down the road... clouded over now though but its humid.

 

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1 hour ago, mushymanrob said:

we had plenty of sun mid morning just down the road... clouded over now though but its humid.

 

It was already 22C before 8am here, but then it became cloudy and it's basically hovered around the same temperature since then with some thunderstorms in the vicinity. All a bit 'meh' to be honest. I really wouldn't be surprised if the more changeable weather next week gave us more sunshine than this week has.

Summer 2018 is below 1995 in my estimations, and the recent temperature divide between the SE and everywhere else is more reminiscent of 'meh' summers like 2010 than classic summers like 1995 or 1976. August 2018 could actually end up very similar to July 2010.

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40 minutes ago, cheese said:

It was already 22C before 8am here, but then it became cloudy and it's basically hovered around the same temperature since then with some thunderstorms in the vicinity. All a bit 'meh' to be honest. I really wouldn't be surprised if the more changeable weather next week gave us more sunshine than this week has.

Summer 2018 is below 1995 in my estimations, and the recent temperature divide between the SE and everywhere else is more reminiscent of 'meh' summers like 2010 than classic summers like 1995 or 1976. August 2018 could actually end up very similar to July 2010.

Summer 1995 didn't get going until July though. June 1995 was cool, it only reached 20C here on 5 days and had nearly as much as rainfall as the entire summer of 2018 so far. This year its been very good right from the start of May.

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9 minutes ago, reef said:

Summer 1995 didn't get going until July though. June 1995 was cool, it only reached 20C here on 5 days and had nearly as much as rainfall as the entire summer of 2018 so far. This year its been very good right from the start of May.

True, but the overall lack of proper heat has made it feel a grade below to me - and if August doesn't deliver much then it will definitely taint the memory of this summer in my mind (especially if large regional divides keep occurring - that was easily the worst aspect of summer 2010).

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15 minutes ago, reef said:

Summer 1995 didn't get going until July though. June 1995 was cool, it only reached 20C here on 5 days and had nearly as much as rainfall as the entire summer of 2018 so far. This year its been very good right from the start of May.

Very true. We sometimes forget that June 1995 was relatively cool. It was only the last 3/4 days of that month when it became hot. 

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4 hours ago, reef said:

Regardless of how August turns out (and lets be honest it isn't looking bad at the moment), this summer will definitely go down as one of, if not the best, especially if you include how May turned out beforehand.

So far we've had (using the Metoffice UK-wide figure):

May - sunniest on record, 23rd driest, 2nd warmest
June - 6th sunniest, 9th driest, 3rd warmest
July - 7th sunniest, 19th driest, 2nd warmest

To get such consistent warm, dry and sunny weather for three consecutive months in this country is exceptional. If people aren't satisfied with this summer then nothing will ever measure up.

How do they work out the driest? It says June is 9th driest. In a lot of the SE (including myself) we had no rain in June at all. Do they add up all weather stations in the UK?

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Manchester Summer Indices

 Summers in order with the best at the top and the worst at the bottom 

1976 301
1995 298
2018 287 (up to 3rd August)
1983 278
1955 277
1911 274
1984 271
1959 269
1975 268
1949 267
1989 262
1947 255
1933 251
1901 249
1921 249
2003 247
2013 247
1925 246
2006 246
1996 245
1935 243 
1994 240
1934 238
1940 238
1941 236
2014 236
1970 235
1969 234
1973 234
1999 234
1997 232
1990 229
1917 228
1926 227
226 <----------if rest of August records zero sunshine, rain everyday and a mean maximum of 15C

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Absolutely wonderful here. managed 30.3°C with the humidity hovering around 50%. 4th day this Summer of a 30+, that's quite rare in these parts.

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57 minutes ago, c00ps said:

How do they work out the driest? It says June is 9th driest. In a lot of the SE (including myself) we had no rain in June at all. Do they add up all weather stations in the UK?

I'm not sure they calculate UK-wide figures but surely you must realise that there is a lot more to the UK than just South East England.. the fact that it was rainless or nearly rainless for parts of the SE is irrelevant to the wider UK picture.

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Classic Lakeland August weather now, low cloud, heavy showers, drizzle, warm and muggy. It has been a very good summer so far and with May being so nice I'm more than satisfied this year. Constant sunshine in May, prolonged heat in June and drought in July. Fingers crossed we can do the equivalent in winter in the coming years! 

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1995 had a lot of heat in may though, here we didnt get going until late june because of low cloud off the north sea for much of may and june. 

Its hard to compare this summer with 95. Has memories made us think it was better? Or worse? 

This year though has largely lacked much of a southerly flow. Ok the southeast has fared very well but i dont think we have up here. In 95 we here had 11 days of 25c or higher... consecutive.. not had a run like that this year, falling short at 8 days. 

25c is my benchmark for heat, taken because the old temp signs on bbc weather maps used a red background for 25c plus. 

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May had some cold nights 2.4c min and an ground frost on the 17th,but I mentioned that before.

The end gave a great monsoon which will never be forgotten and goes in my record books.

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