Warmest summer since 2006 and it’s not over yet

Revellers enjoy the heatwave at Corby carnival in July
Revellers enjoy the heatwave at Corby carnival in July

The county has enjoyed the warmest summer since 2006 and there’s more good weather to come.

The average temperature for June, July and August was 16.9C, compared with 18C in 2006 and, when it comes to rain, this summer has been the driest since 2000.

Northamptonshire had 101.5mm of rain, compared with 100.9mm back in 2000.

A spokesman for Pitsford Weather Centre said: “Considering August separately, in common with July, temperatures were above average. The average August temperature was 17.4C, 0.6C above average, but fractionally cooler than August 2012.

“The warmest day was on the August 1 at 32.1C which was also the hottest day of the year.

“Rainfall in August was down by a quarter at 40.6mm, the driest since 2009. Sunshine amounts, as a result, were up by around 17 per cent with 207.5hrs of bright sunshine recorded.

“Although officially we are now in autumn, the weather for the next few days is set fair, with temperatures expected to peak at around 25C by mid week. Not exactly an Indian summer by definition, but a welcome bonus for early autumn.”