As of April 2015, the highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom was 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This occurred on August 10, 2003, in Gravesend, Kent, making this day the hottest day in the U.K. since temperatures began being recorded in 1875.
The temperature in Kent broke a record of 100.2 F set earlier that day at Heathrow Airport. Before that, the highest temperature ever recorded in the country was 98.8 F, which occurred in Cheltenham in 1990. Many traveled to the beaches along the British coasts. In the cities, travelers experienced delays as train speeds were reduced from 110 to 60 miles per hour to prevent rails from buckling.