UK's top 50 hottest places revealed – does your hometown make the list?

THE UK's hottest locations have been revealed – and London's burning.

Almost half of the country's top 50 warmest locations can be found in the capital.

But the temperature is highest on the east coast, with Canterbury and Ashford in Kent taking the top two spots.

Both locations notch up around 10 hours of sunshine a day on average – making them the balmiest places in the country.

London's mercury is often higher than other places in the country.

Boroughs Richmond, Wandsworth, Hammersmith, Kingston, Kensington and Chelsea and Merton are all in the top 10.

Forecasters say the capital and much of the south-east differ from the rest of the UK because they're closer to Europe – meaning weather patterns are often similar.

Those areas of the UK are much more likely to experience hot and humid weather pushed in by south-easterly winds from the continent.

It's also furthest from the path of most Atlantic low-pressure systems, which bring cooler temperatures, clouds and rain.

People living in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as northern and south-west England, are much more likely to see that type of weather.

Today, temperatures are a scorching 28C in the south-east, while Cornwall has seen flash floods.

Rother in East Sussex is the sixth hottest place in the country, with 9.75 hours of sunshine a day on average.

Affluent Elmbridge in Surrey is in 10th place.

The top 50 locations are all in the south-east of England, with notable appearances from Maidstone and Dover, both in Kent, Wealden and Eastbourne in East Sussex, and Slough in Berkshire.

Scotland takes the crown for the coolest locations in the country.

Moray in the north-east is officially the coldest place in the UK, of all 363 places surveyed by


Perth and Kinross, Highland, Argyll and Bute, Stirling and Angus are also all much chillier than average.

The coldest place in England is Lancaster in the north-west, which notches up just 2.2 hours of real sunshine per day, according to the stats.

Sheffield also scores particularly badly for scorching days, with an average of just 2.75 hours of sun.

The report comes hot on the heels of one of the most miserable summers in memory.

London saw downpours that flooded Tube stations and forced people from their homes.

Despite that, Met Office officials say it was actually in the top 10 warmest on record.

Scotland and Northern Ireland had record heatwaves, despite the gloom elsewhere.

Meteorologists say: "The UK as a whole has had its ninth hottest summer on record, with an average of 15.28°C.

The UK’s 50 hottest locations

  1. Canterbury, Kent
  2. Ashford, Kent
  3. Richmond, London
  4. Wandsworth, London
  5. Hammersmith and Fulham, London
  6. Rother, East Sussex
  7. Kingston, London
  8. Kensington and Chelsea, London,
  9. Merton, London
  10. Elmbridge, Surrey
  11. Swale, Kent
  12. Lambeth, London
  13. Westminster, London
  14. Hounslow, London
  15. Woking, Surrey
  16. Tower Hamlets, London
  17. Folkestone and Hythe, Kent
  18. Southwark, London
  19. Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  20. Spelthorne, Surrey
  21. Runneymede, Surrey
  22. The City of London
  23. Hackney, London
  24. Thanet, Kent
  25. Newham, London
  26. Maidstone, Kent
  27. Dover, Kent
  28. Maldon, Essex
  29. Wealden, East Sussex
  30. Medway, Kent
  31. Lewisham, London
  32. Epsom and Ewell, Surrey
  33. Greenwich, London
  34. Castlepoint, Essex
  35. Ealing, London
  36. Rochford, Essex
  37. Eastbourne, East Sussex
  38. Camden, London
  39. Barking and Dagenham, London
  40. Colchester, Essex
  41. Bracknell, Berkshire
  42. Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  43. Sutton, London
  44. Bexley, London
  45. Slough, Berkshire
  46. Islington, London
  47. Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire
  48. Redbridge, London
  49. Thurrock, Essex
  50. Waltham Forest, London

"This is the hottest summer for the UK since 2018.

"While 2019 and 2020 both experienced extreme heatwave events, in contrast 2021 temperatures reached a peak of 32.2°C at Heathrow on July 20.

"However, relatively high temperatures in June and July, coupled with persistently high minimum temperatures and relative warmth across the north of the UK have pushed this year up the rankings."

Much of the country is baking in late-summer sunshine today – but grisly weather is on the way.

A yellow weather warning has already been issued for thunderstorms in the south-west.

And tomorrow, much of the country is at risk of storms – with travel disruption likely.

Temperatures hit a scorching 30.1C in Northolt, West London, on Tuesday.

It's only the seventh time in September that temperatures have passed 30C in the past 50 years.

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