FLASHBACK: Today is the 25th anniversary of Sheffield’s hottest ever day

August 3rd 1990 Front page news The Star of hot weather
August 3rd 1990 Front page news The Star of hot weather
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Twenty five years ago today Sheffield was basking in record breaking temperatures.

On Friday 3rd August 1990 the mercury hit 34.3 Celcius (93.7 Fahrenheit), a Sheffield temperature record which still stands to this day.

Retro Weather piece in 3rd August 1990 edition of The Star, looking back at the 1911 heatwave

Retro Weather piece in 3rd August 1990 edition of The Star, looking back at the 1911 heatwave

It broke the previous highest temperature for the city - 33.5C (92.3F) - recorded on 9th August 1911.

The front page of the evening edition of The Star 25 years ago today led with the heatwave, with the headline HOTTEST YET AS RECORD TUMBLES.

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Here is an excerpt from the front page story on that historic day:

Weather monitor Gaynor Boon records the record breaking temperature at Weston Park

Weather monitor Gaynor Boon records the record breaking temperature at Weston Park

It’s a record breaker!

Scorching Sheffield was roasting in an all-time high temperature of 93F this afternoon.

Weather experts confirmed the city’s long-standing 1911 record of 92.3F was toppled at precisely 2pm today.

And Gaynor Boon, who records temperatures at Sheffield’s Weston Park Weather Station, said: “It could get even hotter later this afternoon.”

Weather story from August 3rd 1990 The Star

Weather story from August 3rd 1990 The Star

Today’s temperature beat the record of August 9, 1911, to become the highest in Sheffield since records began in 1882.

The night-time temperature of 68F last night was already the warmest this century in the city, and by 10am today it had reached 86F.

The heatwave of August 1990 was big news, and the hot weather dominated the first nine pages of the 3rd August edition of The Star.

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Moorland was closed off to the public during the heatwave

Moorland was closed off to the public during the heatwave

The coverage featured a flashback to record breaking day of 1911, a warning about a heatwave-induced invasion of wasps, fears over moorland fires, and pictures of youngsters cooling off in paddling pools in local parks.

And 3rd August 1990 wasn’t just a record breaking day in Sheffield.

On the same day the UK temperature record was broken, with 37.1C (98.78F) being reached in Cheltenham.

This record was broken on 10th August 2003 when a temperature of 38.5C (101.3F) was recorded in Fathersham in Kent.

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