Century-old Whitby weather record finally beaten

A NATIONAL weather record which was set in Whitby more than a century ago was finally broken after the recent early autumn heatwave.

The temperature on Sunday peaked at 28.3 degrees centigrade in parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, beating the record for that particular day (2 October), which Whitby has held since 1908, when the mercury that day climbed to 28.1C.

Peter Wallace, who compiles the Whitby Gazette’s weekly weather records, said: “On Sunday, when we had much lower temperatures here, the temperatures in the south of England broke the national record which had been held by Whitby.”

The unseasonal heatwave, which saw hundreds head to Whitby’s beaches to lap up the beating sun, also saw Whitby record its highest October temperature for 103 years, when thermometers hit 28.0C on Saturday.

That was the highest recorded for that day since 1 October 1908, when Whitby sizzled in 28.9C, which would have been very high for the height of summer, never mind October.

And last Friday, September signed off with a flourish when the temperature soared to 27.4C, giving the highest reading for that month since 1999.

The late boost in temperature - and tourism - was certainly something for Whitby’s businesses to celebrate, with sources at Trenchers Restaurant stating it was ‘like having a summer weekend again’, resulting in fish and chip sales being up 50% from the same time last year.