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July Scorcher: Hottest Day in a Decade

The Met Office has declared 1 July as UK’s hottest July day in almost 10 years as the mercury reached 36.7C at Heathrow, a suburb of west London. It breaks the previous record of 36.5C set in Wisley Surrey on July 19, 2006. The mini heatwave had been predicted for the start of July but its intensity triggered a level 3 alert for those vulnerable to excessive heat. Temperatures nudged over 30 Celsius in many parts of west London and the rest of the southeast. Wimbledon had its hottest day ever and Kew Gardens recorded 35.7 C. Temperatures will however drop slightly tomorrow before warming up again on Friday. It’s the hottest July day on record with 36.7 °C recorded so far at Heathrow #hottestdayoftheyearpic.twitter.com/KRsarsvg7n — Met Office (@metoffice) July 1, 2015   The Met Office attributed the unusual temperatures to tropical continental airmass across mainland Europe. Temperatures across Iberia and France have already reached the low 40 °C, with Paris expected to hit 40°C today. Read more: Long, Hot, Ramadan Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington said: “Both Tuesday and Wednesday nights are expected to …