The average UK temperature for the month, which takes into account both day and night readings, was 11.2C. This broke the previous highest average of 10.6C set in 1865.
The Guardian reported forecaster Paul Knightley as saying it would be premature to attribute the hot spell to global warming. "It’s likely that it’s due to the general air flow rather than subtle climate change."
"But if the records continued to be broken consistently in the next decade," said Knightley, "then it may be possible there is a link with general air circulation and global warming."