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Wick feeling the heat as temperature breaks 25C for first time in 68 years

By John Davidson

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The temperature exceeded 25C in Wick on Friday. Picture: Alan Hendry (stock image)
The temperature exceeded 25C in Wick on Friday. Picture: Alan Hendry (stock image)

Wick experienced its hottest day in more than 68 years on Friday afternoon.

The temperatures in the town climbed to 25.2C (77.4F) at 1.10pm.

The last time 25C was reached or exceeded in Wick was on July 16, 1955. On that date the mercury reached 25.6C (78.1F).

Local weather watcher Keith Banks said that the hottest September day on record for the town had been September 7, 1953, when it hit 23.8C.

The September record was broken on Monday this week, when the temperature in Wick reached 24.3C, which was then exceeded again on Friday.

This week’s phenomenal heat has occurred as a consequence of a meteorological event known as a "Spanish Plume".

Mr Banks said: “The hot spell has been caused by the jet stream being pushed far to the north of the UK over last weekend. This has allowed high pressure to build across Europe, allowing increasingly hot continental air to flood across the country."

Further hot weather is forecast for Saturday, with a top temperature of 22C predicted in Wick by the Met Office, before a relatively cool 15C on Sunday.

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