Weather records

A botanical garden in Cambridge recorded a massive 38.7C, beating 2003’s record of 38.5C which was recorded in Faversham in Kent.

“Notably, 1892 is the coldest year in the series, when the average temperature was just over seven degrees. By contrast 2014, which was the warmest year in the series, saw an average temperature approaching ten degrees Celsius.”

      • Beginning with the hottest, the top ten warmest years in sequence are: 2014; 2006; 2011; 2007; 2017; 2003; 2018; 2004; 2002; and 2005.
      • Beginning with the coldest, the top ten coolest years in sequence are: 1892 1888; 1885; 1963; 1919; 1886; 1917; 1909; 1887; and 1962

On 21 July 1983 at Vostock in Antarctica, the temperature dropped to a staggering -89.2C.

The hottest temperature ever recorded was 56.7C on 10 July 1913 in Furnace Creek in California, USA. The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was 48°C in Athens in Greece on 10 July 1977.

This record is held by an island in the Indian Ocean called La Reunion, which experienced 1825mm of rain between 7 and 8 January 1966

On Barrow Island in Australia on 10 April 1996, the wind speeds hit 408 kph. That’s faster than the fastest Formula 1 car has ever gone.

The longest dry periode was recorded in Arica in Chile between October 1903 and January 1918. The area holds the record for the lowest average annual rainfall, with around just 0.8mm of rain each year.

On 14 April 1986 a hailstone weighing 1.02kg took its place in the record books. That’s like a pineapple falling from the sky!

The longest flash in terms of the physical length of the lightning was a 199.5-mile-long bolt recording during a storm in Oklahoma, US on 20 June 2007.



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