October's weather predicted to break temperature record

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Weather forecasters are predicting that the record for the hottest UK October day will be broken over the weekend.

The 29.4C (84.9F) record was set at March, Cambridgeshire on 1 October 1985

BBC weather forecaster Darren Bett said there was a "good chance" the October record would be broken on Saturday.

On Friday, Cambridge set a new record temperature for the hottest ever 30 September with 29.2C (84.5F), beating the 27.8C (82F) set in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1908.

Kew Gardens in west London set another record on Thursday with 28.8C (83.8F) - the highest ever 29 September temperature, beating the mark of 27.8C (82F) set in York in 1895.

Mr Bett said: "The first day of October this year will see temperatures near 30C.

"This temperature is most likely around the London area and the East Midlands. Sunday won't be quite as hot, and it will slowly cool down from the North West next week."

Record-breaking Sept/Oct UK weather

Hottest days
Month °C Date Location

Source: Met Office

September

35.6

1906

South Yorkshire

October

29.4

1985

Cambridgeshire

Coldest days

Month

°C

Date

Location

September

5.4

1979

Inverness-shire

October

1.4

1992

Dumfriesshire

By comparison the weather in other European holiday destinations such as Ibiza is predicted to be 25C (77) on Saturday, as is Valletta in Malta, while Madrid, Milan, Berlin and Nice are all predicted to be 26C (78.8F).

Network Rail said there were some temporary speed restrictions in place over short stretches of train track because of the heat, which in extreme cases could buckle in long periods of high temperature.

A spokeswoman said: "No rail passenger journeys are being significantly delayed by the hot weather.

"We fully expect no significant delays for the rest of the day.

"We continuously monitor the weather and act accordingly to make sure train services continue to run safely."

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