The reason behind Gravesend's record-breaking temperatures

PUBLISHED: 10:18 01 August 2012

Record-breaking temperatures in Gravesend are neither "unreasonable" nor "unexpected", according to the Met Office after it attempted to explain the reasons behind the area being such a regular hotspot.

National weather reports often show Gravesend as one of the hottest places in the country, with temperatures reaching 29 degrees celsius last week.

The area has been recording data since 1995 and posted one of the hottest temperatures since UK records began in 2003 when a heatwave reached 38.1 degrees celsius.

A Met Office spokesman said: “There are fewer than 10 weather stations for which we receive near real-time data in the Greater London area.

“With only Gravesend to the east of London, this would explain why this particular station quite regularly records the highest temperatures.”

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