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London experienced some of its warmest temperatures since 2006, according to the Met Office.
St Jame's Park in central London had an average maximum temperature of 26.2C this year, while it was 27.7C in 2006.
It has been the driest July since 1996, with only 41.4mm of rain last month, and 27.75mm in 1996.
There has been 268.2 hours of sunshine at Heathrow, that is 144% on average.
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