It's official - warmest, sunniest and driest summer in seven years
It’s official – this summer has been the warmest, sunniest and driest for seven years.
But despite the July heatwave the Met Office said the summer of 2013 would not make it into the record books.
The Met Office said this summer’s weather has attracted more attention because of the appalling summer weather from 2007 to 2012.
A spokesman said: “While this summer is warmer, drier and sunnier than the long-term average, it hasn't been exceptional.
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“It stands out because the last six summers have been wetter than average, with 2012 and 2007 both being in the top five wettest, and 2008 and 2009 also in the top ten wettest in records from 1910.
“This summer also contrasts with the rather cool summers of 2011 and 2012.”
Sunshine has also been above average for the UK, with 588 hours making it the seventh sunniest in records going back to 1929.