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Record breaking temperatures for Gravesend today

The sun has definitely got its hat on in Gravesend as the town recorded the highest temperature so far today in the UK.

The town had soared to 23.8 degrees centigrade by 11am, beating Heathrow at 23.2 and Northolt in north west London at 23.

At 1pm the temperature was 25.7 degrees - beating Heathrow's 25 and Northolt's 24.5.

This compared to a chilly 9.4 degrees centigrade in Glen Ogle, Scotland - which upped its game at 1pm recording 10.3.

Briony Mepham and Luke enjoy an ice cream in Gravesend
Briony Mepham and Luke enjoy an ice cream in Gravesend

Gravesend also hit the highest UK temperature yesterday recording a maximum of 25.1 degrees centigrade.

The Met Office predicts the thermometer will continue to rise in the town, reaching the dizzy heights of 26 degrees centigrade by 2pm.

Gravesend is often the hottest place in the country and briefly held the UK record in 2003 with a sweltering 38.1C.

Data for the Met Office is collected at Broadness, north of Swanscombe, where the sandy soil warms up quickly under direct sun and the area is also sheltered by a large embankment.

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