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Hot it was not… farewell to coldest August for 17 years

It should have been the height of summer, but was notable only for its low temperatures.

The UK has just endured its coldest August for 17 years, which was marked, say forecasters, by a complete absence of ‘hot days’.

The month also saw the lowest single-day August temperature for 23 years, with it falling to 55f (12.8c) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.

And several ‘notably’ cold nights were recorded last week.

Wet and windy: Holidaymakers walk along a gloomy Sandsend beach  near Whitby, North Yorkshire, over the Bank Holiday

Wet and windy: Holidaymakers walk along a gloomy Sandsend beach near Whitby, North Yorkshire, over the Bank Holiday

An exceptionally cloudy period in the South East of England put something of a dampener on the holiday period as heavy rain fell across large swathes of the country.

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