HEATWAVE: Sheffield temperature record smashed as mercury hits 32.6 degrees

People enjoying the hot weather in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield.
People enjoying the hot weather in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield.
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Sheffield sizzled in the hottest July temperature ever recorded in the city today - breaking a record of more than 130 years.

The mercury hit 32.6 degrees at 5pm today, hotter than Havana in Cuba, Honolulu in Hawaii and New Orleans, America.

Staff at Museums Sheffield’s Weston Park Weather Station confirmed it was the highest ever July temperature in Sheffield since its records began in 1883.

It beat the previous high of 31.8C recorded during July 1943,

Alistair McLean, curator of natural sciences, described the temperature as ‘blistering.’

He added: “It was just a couple of degrees off the highest ever temperature recorded in Sheffield, which was 34.3 degrees in August 1990.

“It’s blooming warm for July.”

Across the UK, it has been the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. The highest temperature recorded was 36.7 degrees at Heathrow.

In Sheffield the maximum average temperature for July is 20.8 degrees and the mean temperature is 16.6 degrees.