England had its joint hottest summer on record - Met Office provisional data

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FILE PHOTO: A person lies in a chair on dried out ground in Green Park, following a long period of hot weather and little rainfall, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - England had its joint hottest summer on record, the Met Office national forecaster said on Thursday, citing provisional data in a series which goes back to 1884.

In July, a heatwave that pushed through western Europe saw the highest ever recorded temperature in Britain of 40.3 Celsius(104.5 Fahrenheit). Large parts of England have since declared a drought as rainfall remains low.

"In England the warm and dry conditions have been more notable, with the mean temperature the joint warmest ever recorded (17.1°C) equalling that of summer 2018," the Met Office said in a statement.

England had its sixth driest summer on record, and driest since 1995, according to Met Office data going back to 1836.

(Reporting by William James, Editing by Paul Sandle)