Skip to content
Green
Weather & Science

England’s Scorching Summer Ties 2018’s as Hottest on Record

Provisional statistics from the UK’s Met Office show this was the hottest summer since at least 1884.

Parched grass in Greenwich Park in front of a view of skyscrapers in the Canary Wharf financial, business and shopping district, in the Greenwich district of London, UK, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022.

Parched grass in Greenwich Park in front of a view of skyscrapers in the Canary Wharf financial, business and shopping district, in the Greenwich district of London, UK, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022.

Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

Warm and dry weather conditions made this summer the joint hottest on record in England — tying with 2018 — and it was the first to see temperatures climb above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Overall, the UK has seen just 62% of its summer rainfall, and mean temperatures 1.1°C above the average of 14.6°C, according to provisional statistics from the country’s Met Office. Provisional statistics show this was the fourth-warmest summer for the entire UK in a series that runs from 1884.