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Sun­shine be­low nor­mal de­spite the heat­wave

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THE UK has had be­low av­er­age sun­shine this sum­mer de­spite a ‘major heat­wave’, weather ex­perts said yes­ter­day.

Across all three months of sum­mer, the coun­try only had 89 per cent of av­er­age sun­shine at 449.3 hours, with North­ern Ire­land see­ing only 73 per cent (313.9 hours).

The Met Of­fice said: ‘Only a hand­ful of coun­ties in the south east of Eng­land and north Scot­land recorded above av­er­age sun­shine hours.’

Tem­per­a­tures rose to 3 .4C (97F) at Heathrow on Au­gust 7 – mak­ing it the hottest Au­gust day since 2003. But the Met Of­fice said more un­set­tled weather at the start and end of the month bal­anced the av­er­age out.

The UK was 1C warmer than the mean tem­per­a­ture for Au­gust at 15.9C ( 0F) but only saw 88 per cent of its av­er­age sun­shine hours at 142. .

For the sum­mer as a whole, the coun­try had a mean tem­per­a­ture of 14.75C (58F) – just 0.38C above av­er­age.

Pro­vi­sional data also showed that the sum­mer months were wet­ter than nor­mal with 321mm of rain­fall – 134 per cent of the av­er­age. It came after hot weather trig­gered tor­ren­tial down­pours.

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