Thursday 29 September 2016

Britain records its hottest September day since 1911 but Ireland can only dream

A temperature of 34.4 degrees was recorded in the southern county of Kent, while the highest temperature recorded in Ireland today was 19.4 degrees in Newport, Co. Mayo.

Amy Molloy

Published 13/09/2016 | 17:27

A woman sunbathes near City Hall, on the South Bank in London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A woman sunbathes near City Hall, on the South Bank in London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Britain recorded its warmest September day since 1911 today.

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A temperature of 34.4 degrees was recorded in the town of Gravesend which is located approximately twenty miles outside central London.

At London Zoo, keepers had to try cool down animals by feeding them ice cubes packed with food.

With Ireland and England in close proximity, Irish people might be wondering how we seemed to get the short end of the stick.

“It’s only certain portions of the UK that have really high temperatures. Most of the UK is experiencing severe weather conditions at the moment, including heavy rain and storms,” explained Met Eireann’s David Rogers.

“The UK has a different air mass to us. It is tropical continental there in the London area so that is why they are experiencing such high temperatures.”

While we might be envious of our neighbours across the water experiencing such tropical temperatures, Mr Rogers says temperatures in Ireland could reach highs of 22 degrees in eastern parts of the country tomorrow.

“That is warmer than usual for Ireland in September,” he said.

Generally, it will remain dry for the next few days, with the odd shower breaking out tomorrow. There will be a mixed amount of cloud and sunshine on Thursday, with Friday remaining dry.

Unfortunately, while we get the tail end of hurricanes from across the Atlantic, Ireland won’t be getting the tail end of London’s heat wave.

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