18 Sweltering Photos Of The U.K. In The Summer Of ‘76

Think we’re having a heat wave right now? It’s got nothing on this historic scorcher.

1. In 1976 temperatures reached at least 32.2°C somewhere in Britain every day for 15 consecutive days.

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4. The hottest day of the year was 3 July, when temperatures hit 35.9°C.

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9. Parts of the south west didn’t see rain for 45 days.

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12. Water was carefully rationed — here the Welsh Water Authority are turning off the local supply.

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15. The situation was so bad that the prime minister appointed a minister for drought.

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17. The hot and dry weather last from Wimbledon right the way through to August.

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18. Meaning people had to do anything they could to keep themselves cool.

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