Barometer

Just how hot has it got in the UK?

23 July 2022

9:00 AM

23 July 2022

9:00 AM

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Last week’s Barometer detailed past UK temperature records. Those were broken by this week’s heatwave. On Monday a new Welsh record was set when temperatures hit 35.3˚C in Gogerddan and on Tuesday England measured a new high of 40.3˚C at Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Source: Met Office

Inn crowd

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants released its 20th annual listing of top dining spots around the globe. Italy and Spain have the most with 6 each. Denmark, France, Japan, Peru and the US have 3, while Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and the UK have 2.

Source: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Pop around

Queen became the first band to sell seven million copies of one album in the UK. As many as a quarter of households may own their 1981 Greatest Hits album. The rest of the top ten, in descending order:

Abba, Gold 6m

The Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 5.3m

Adele, 21 5.3m

Oasis, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 4.9m

Michael Jackson, Thriller 4.5m


Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon 4.5m

Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms 4.4m

Michael Jackson, Bad 4.1m

Queen, Greatest Hits II 4m

Border farce

The Scottish government paused its Ukrainian visa sponsorship programme because it couldn’t cope with demand. Some 700 refugees are to be housed in a disused cruise ship. Where in the UK has taken the most Ukrainian refugees?

Sponsorship scheme arrivals:

Total / Per 100,000 pop.

England: 53,997 / 95

Scotland: 8,234 / 151

Wales: 3,976 / 125

N. Ireland: 335 / 18

Source: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Fuel to the fire

Wildfires in Spain produced 1.3m tonnes of carbon emissions in June-July, according to the EU’s atmosphere monitoring service. Average hectares of vegetation and forests burned from wildfires in Spain per decade:

1960s 52,054

1970s 169,053

1980s 238,789

1990s 159,875

2000s 105,047

2010s 96,593

Source: Spanish Ministry of Environment

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