1. ITV Report

East Anglia tops temperature league on hottest Bank Holiday

The sun setting on the coast of The Wash at Brancaster on the hottest late August Bank Holiday on record. Photo: Ashley Davey

The area around The Wash was the hottest place in Britain on a record-breaking August Bank Holiday Monday.

The highest temperature in the UK on Monday 28 August 2017 was 28.2°C (82.8°F) recorded at Holbeach in south Lincolnshire beating the previous record for a late August Bank Holiday.

It beat the record of 27.2°C (81°F) set in East Bergholt in Suffolk on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 1984.

This weekend's hot weather was down to a "ridge of high pressure" bringing still conditions and sweltering sunshine, according to Met Office meteorologist Oli Claydon.

A new record temperature for a late August Bank Holiday has been set at Holbeach in Lincolnshire close to The Wash. Credit: Ashley Davey

In 1965 the August Bank Holiday was moved from the start of the month to the end.

There was some confusion over the record because of a "suspect" reading in the town of March in Cambridgeshire in 1990 - where a temperature of 28.3°C (82.9°F) was noted.

But that number did not tally with other readings from the area, invalidating the result, Mr Claydon said.

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Monday 28 August 2017

  • 28.2°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 27.7°C in Cambridge
  • 27.4°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 27.4°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 27.3°C in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 27.2°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 27.0°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27.0°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 27.0°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 26.9°C in Higham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • 26.9°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.4°C in Bedford
The sun setting over Great Chesterford in Essex on the hottest late August Bank Holiday on record. Credit: Joanne Joyce

More on this story