In Pictures: The long, hot summer
Feeling the heat

August 2003 was the fifth-hottest on record.

Its average temperature of 17.3C ranks it behind the Augusts of 1995, 1997, 1975 and 1947, but ahead of 1976, which remains the hottest UK summer on record.

Last month was 2.3C above the long-term August average but well below the hottest month on record - July 1983, which averaged 19.5C.

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