Met Office confirms record UK temperature of 38.7C in Cambridge

A temperature of 38.7C was recorded in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new temperature record for the UK was set in Cambridge on Thursday, the Met Office has confirmed.

A temperature of 38.7C (101.66F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Thursday 25th July, 2019.

It exceeds the previous record of 38.5C (101.3F) set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

The figure was first announced as a provisional temperature on Friday and has now been validated by the Met Office observations team.

It means the UK joins Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in breaking national records as exceptionally high temperatures gripped large parts of central and western Europe last week.