Thursday 25th July 2019 was a record-breaking day for temperatures in the UK and parts of central and western Europe; The UK's all-time temperature record was broken, with 38.7 °C recorded at Cambridge Botanic Garden. The provisional value was released on Friday but was subject to quality control and analysis, and has now been validated by the Met Office observations’ team. This figure exceeds the previous record of 38.5°C recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.
Photo: Over the last 48 hours, there have been almost 350,00 lightning strikes across europe. Source: Lightningmaps.org
Thunderstorms and torrential downpours across Europe at the start of meteorological summer, have left at least 10 people dead and left several others seriously injured.