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Scotland’s Record-High Temperature Rejected Thanks To Parked Car

It was probably the hottest day ever recorded in Scotland on June 28th, 2018, but even if it was, that record will sadly not stand.

We are currently in the midst of a heatwave. Okay, that might not be true for absolutely everybody but many of us are experiencing unrelenting heat and sunshine right now and have been for a while. The United Kingdom and the northeast of the United States, in particular, have been subject to sweltering weather for weeks now.

As one might imagine, weather records are being broken left, right, and center. The sun has even been beating down unmercifully in Scotland, a country renowned for being cold and rainy, and on June 28th, 2018, it was officially the hottest day on record for the country. The Met Office clocked an impressive 33.2 ºC, or 91.8ºF, in Motherwell, a record high for Scotland.

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Hold your horses though. A week after Motherwell's record-breaking temperature, the Met Office had some heartbreaking news for the Scottish. Unfortunately, the 33.2 ºC recorded on June 28th cannot be counted, therefore the record was not broken. Apparently, "a stationary vehicle with its engine running was parked too close to the observing enclosure" as it was put by the Met Office on its official website, adding that the recorded number may have been altered due to the vehicle, which is obviously not weather-related.

That means a long-standing Scottish record still remains. That record was set all the way back on August 9th, 2003, in Greycrook. That number is 32.9 °C, or 91.2°F. Naturally, Twitter has been having fun with the record revoking. North Lanarkshire, the county in which Motherwell is situated, jokingly asked how it can appeal the decision via its council's social media account.

The good news for Motherwell in the midst of its record-breaking temperature being overturned is that it may well get another chance. Even though this heatwave has been raging on for weeks now it still appears that there is no end in sight. Maybe next time there is a particularly hot day someone who works at the observing enclosure can intermittently do laps of the perimeter and usher away any parked cars.

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