England had joint hottest summer: data

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England had its joint hottest summer on record, the Met Office forecaster says citing provisional data in a series which goes back to 1884.

In July, a heatwave that pushed through western Europe led to the highest ever recorded temperature in the United Kingdom of 40.3C.

Large parts of England have since declared a drought as rainfall remains low.

"In England the warm and dry conditions have been more notable, with the mean temperature the joint warmest ever recorded (17.1C) equalling that of summer 2018," the Met Office said in a statement.

England had its sixth driest summer on record, and driest since 1995, according to Met Office data going back to 1836.