Large areas of the country, from the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland to Cornwall in southwest England, set regional high temperature records last month, with many experiencing mean temperatures that were 2.5C more than average. Water use restrictions have been imposed in parts of southeastern England amid record demand for drinking water. Scotland has put regions on water scarcity alert.
The highest temperature recorded last month was 32.2C – much higher than typical maximum temperatures, which hover around the low 20s for this time of year, the weather agency said. Met scientists have previously said 2022 was the hottest year on record for the UK. AGencies