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2017 United Kingdom heat wave

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2017 United Kingdom heat wave
Dates 17 June – 22 June
Areas affected United Kingdom
Highest temperature 34.5 °C (94.1 °F) at London Heathrow[1]

The 2017 United Kingdom heat wave was an event that took place in the United Kingdom in June 2017. Temperatures at Heathrow Airport reached a decades-high of 34.5 °C (94.1 °F), the hottest June temperature since 1976, on 21 June.[2] This marked five consecutive days of temperatures above 30 °C (86 °F), making it an official heatwave, and the first June heatwave since 1995.[3]

An incoming cold front from 21 June led to some rainfall and predictions of thunderstorms, similar to those seen earlier in the year, because it would clash with the heat. A yellow storm warning was issued for the North of England and Wales, and South of Scotland, for 27 hours from 0300 on 21 June.[4] Another yellow warning was given nationwide the following day from the time at which the previous warning ends until 1300 (1pm).[5] The Met Office also warned of risks of localised flooding, large hail, and severe thunderstorms ranging from the Midlands northwards from the afternoon of 21 June,[6] though official weather warnings showed that the worst of the storm will have travelled to the South East and East Coast by mid-morning on 22 June.[7]

It was also reported that there were concerns over the toxicity of the air within the South of England and Wales – Sadiq Khan triggered the London Air Pollution emergency alerts[8] – as the exotic temperature and strong southerly wind brought air from Europe and preserved the pollutants.[9] The meeting of the Royal Ascot on 21 June also considered relaxing its historical and unbroken traditional dress code, which would force men to remain in full dress suit and top hat, and women in long dress and jacket.[9]

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The A31 Hog's Back road, in Guildford, Surrey, melted on 19 June, said to resemble a "bar of chocolate" in the heat.[10]

Several people died after swimming while trying to cool off.[3] Two teenage boys died in separate incidents after getting into difficulty at a mere[11] and reservoir,[12] and an elderly woman died in the sea off the South coast.[13]

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