The Met Office announced today that 2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England.
In a statement this afternoon, it said highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910.
The heatwave saw soaring temperatures across much of the UK throughout June and July.
Dry, sweltering conditions for weeks on end gave way to a more average August, said the Met Office.
No records were set for other parts of the UK – although it was close in Wales, with an average of 16C, just 0.1C under the current record set in 1995.
It’s a four-way tie at the top for the hottest UK summer on record… https://t.co/MoGOnvVtRz
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 3, 2018
The hottest day of 2018 so far was Thursday, 26 July, when temperatures reached 35.3C in Faversham, Kent.
But it still did not top the UK’s highest-ever recorded temperature of 38.5C (101F), also in Faversham, in August 2003.
The scorching summer could now give way to an autumn of above-average temperatures, the Met Office said.
They said the three-month outlook, which covers August, September and October, shows “an increased chance of high-pressure patterns close to the UK”.
Meteorologists say above-average temperatures are more likely because sea surface temperatures are at “near-record” levels.