It remains to be seen whether it will set a new record, but forecasters believe August 2016 was one of the hottest London has experienced in decades.
It was also one of wettest, with precipitation levels double the long-term average for August.
Chief Meteorologist for Global News, Anthony Farnell, said London received around 170 mm of rain last month, which is more than twice the long-term average of 82.9 mm.
“It’s definitely been a hot summer, and for the most part a dry summer, although the London area has escaped the worst of the drought,” said Farnell. “There’s been some recent rain and actually July had some heavier thunderstorms as well as.”
We’ve still got three more weeks of summer, but London has already experienced had almost double the amount of days where the temperature hit the 30 degree mark.
The final numbers for last month haven’t been tallied yet, but the average temperature is hovering close to the record set in 1959 of just under 23 degrees.
This comes weeks after NASA named July 2016 the hottest month ever on earth since we started keeping records in the late 1880’s. According to their calculations, July 2016 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.
Londoners can expect more of the same this long weekend, with sunshine on tap for Friday through holiday Monday and daytime highs in the mid-20’s.
Farnell said there’s good news for those who love the warmer temperatures.
“The seasons are changing, the days are getting shorter, at least the daylight is, so as we head toward September, the average high, for example on a day like today [Wednesday] is about 24, so that’s already well off the average of July which was 27, but overall September and even October is expected to be sunny and warmer than normal,” said Farnell.