Published: July 19, 2013
Heatwave sees highest temperatures for six years in Burnham area

The Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day for six years on Friday (July 19th).

The local weather station at Brent Knoll recorded a peak temperature at 4.42pm of 31.2C (88.2F) in the shade.

Steve Baggs, who oversees the Brent Knoll weather station, said: "Thursday's temperature of 30.1C had been the hottest day of the year, but that didn't last long – it was beaten on Friday when we recorded 31.2C, the highest temperature seen here since the weather station was set up in 2007."

He added: "The reason was the absence of any cooling on-shore wind. Instead, we have had a gentle north-easterly breeze that has had plenty of time to warm up as it crosses the UK."

The 'level three' heatwave warning issued by the Met Office for the whole of the south-west of England remains in place.

There is more hot weather forecast for the nexy few days, with thunderstorms increasingly likely.

Burnham-On-Sea residents have again been asked to keep an eye out for elderly or frail people who may be struggling to cope in the heatwave.

Somerset County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may need help maintaining their health as the temperatures soar.


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