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.
In 1976 temperatures reached at least 32.2°C somewhere in Britain every day for 15 consecutive days.
The hottest day of the year was 3 July, when temperatures hit 35.9°C.
Parts of the south west didn't see rain for 45 days.
Water was carefully rationed — here the Welsh Water Authority are turning off the local supply.
The situation was so bad that the prime minister appointed a minister for drought.
The hot and dry weather last from Wimbledon right the way through to August.
Meaning people had to do anything they could to keep themselves cool.
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