Sheffield’s been basking in sweltering August

Life's a beach at Sheffield peace gardens as the seaside comes to the city. Competitors from the National swimming championships leaping in the fountains, from left, Emma Wilkins, Rachael Kelly and Hannah Rogers
Life's a beach at Sheffield peace gardens as the seaside comes to the city. Competitors from the National swimming championships leaping in the fountains, from left, Emma Wilkins, Rachael Kelly and Hannah Rogers

Sheffield sizzled in temperatures of more than 30C last month – the hottest August weather for 10 years.

The thermometer reached 30.3C on the hottest day in August, which was the top maximum temperature in Sheffield for that month since 2003.

August also had the highest mean temperature – at 17.2C – since 2004, making it perfect weather for summer fairs and festivals.

And the heat surpassed by far the average August temperature of 20.5C, according to data recorded by Museums Sheffield’s weather station at Weston Park.

Alistair Maclean, curator of natural science, said: “Temperatures of over 30 degrees in August are not that unusual but it’s been a few years since we’ve had them.

“It has also been a few years since we’ve breached 30 degrees in the entire year, so it has been a good summer.”

Rainfall for August was lower than average at 63mm – compared to 100.7mm last year. Hours of sunshine recorded totalled 144 hours which was lower than average but up on last year.

Weather reports compiled by the station this year have included extreme weather in April, when it snowed. Warmer months in June, July and now August could suggest a return to traditional hot summers and cold winters.

Alistair added: “The weather pattern that we have been seeing for the past few years seems to be changing. I don’t want to say we are back to normal though, because at the moment we don’t know what normal is!”

Sun-lovers shouldn’t put away their shorts just yet, as more hot weather is predicted this week. Spells of sunshine are to come today, with temperatures up to 24C.

Rachel Vince, of the Met Office, said tomorrow looks like being ‘glorious with lots of sun’ and highs of 25C. But Thursday will see spells of rain and on Friday temperatures will fall to 14C and ‘unsettled’ weather will sweep in for the weekend.