The Top 5 UK Hotspots

The best places in Britain to make the most of the heatwave

Published 20 Jul 2018, 16:58 BST, Updated 30 Dec 2021, 17:50 GMT

News stories about wildfires and hosepipe bans conjure up images of California not Cambridge but the UK witnessed the driest June on record and forecasters are predicting the heatwave will last right through the summer.

If their predictions are right you’ll be glad of Subaru’s legendary reliability in the punishing heat to ensure you don’t end up topping up your tan on the hard shoulder. And if Britain’s notoriously fickle weather does turn bad, it’s reassuring to know you have the security of Subaru’s famous four-wheel drive grip keeping you in control at all times.

Here are the UK’s top five hottest places – and what to do when you get there.

South England: Faversham, Kent

38.5 deg C; 10 Aug, 2003

Kent’s oldest market town, Faversham hit the headlines in 2011 when its recently unearthed copy of the Magna Carta, the 1215 document establishing that everybody, even the King, was subject to the law, went on public view for the first time in more than 700 years.

But seven years earlier Faversham was in the news for another big number when temperatures reached 38.5 deg C, the highest ever recorded in the UK, and a record that still stands today.

See this: Historic Abbey Street escaped demolition in the 1950s after a campaign to preserve its medieval buildings. Or head south east to nearby Canterbury’s famous cathedral via the rolling green hills of the North Downs, a perfect place to experience the agile handling of a Subaru SUV.

Northern England: Knutsford, Cheshire

34.5 deg C; 3 Aug, 1990

Kuntsford’s claims to fame run from one extreme to the other. The River Lilly, a small stream running through the centre of the town is claimed to be the smallest river in Europe, while houses, popular with Premiership footballers, boast the biggest prices in the north of England. Knutsford scored another north of England record in the summer of 1990 when Met Office thermometers registered a temperature of 34.5 degrees.

See this: Famous as the home of the annual Royal Horticultural Society show, Tatton Park stately home is surrounded by 2000 acres of deer park. Or for gardens of a wilder kind, travel east to the fabulous roads of the Peak District.

Wales: Hawarden Bridge, Flintshire

35.2 deg C; 2 Aug, 1990

Scene of the highest temperature ever recorded in Wales, Hawarden Bridge is a railway bridge spanning the River Dee in Flintshire. Opened in 1889 by former and future Prime Minister William Gladstone and his wife on their 50th wedding anniversary, the bridge featured a swing mechanism allowing crucial access upriver to boats navigating the Dee.

See this: The swing mechanism was removed in the 1960s after river traffic waned, but the bridge still carries passenger and freight trains today. From there either head west and test your Subaru’s agile handling and secure four-wheel drive grip on the mountain roads of Snowdonia, or east to neighbouring Chester and its cathedral, a site for worship since Roman times.

Scotland: Greycrook, Borders

32.9 deg C; 9 August, 2003

Located in the Scottish Borders just off the spectacular A68 road that connects England with Scotland, this hamlet is so small it doesn’t even feature on Google Maps. But Greycrook put its name on the Met Office map in 2003 when it was found to be the location of the warmest Scottish weather since records began.

See this: Travel south along the A68, stopping off at historic Jedburgh to visit the Mary Queen of Scots museum before crossing the border into England, taking time to smile at reminders to ‘drive on the left’. Your Subaru can’t control other drivers’ actions, but the rugged construction and advanced safety features that earned it a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating will endeavor to keep you safe from harm on every journey.

N Ireland: Knockarevan, County Fermanagh

30.8 deg C, 30 June, 1976

Fermanagh is the smallest of Northern Ireland’s six counties but it made a big noise in the long, hot summer of 1976 when Knockaraven, close to the border with the Irish Republic, set a temperature record that still stands to this day.

Located over a series of geographic faults, the lush green landscape of rural Fermanagh gives visitors looking for escape a welcome respite from the vibrant bustle of Northern Ireland’s urban tourist centres. And though it might be the site of Eire’s highest temperature, Subaru’s always-on Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive means you’ll be prepared for some unseasonal rainfall too.

See this: Set your Subaru’s navigation system for Florenscourt, where you’ll find the spectacular Marble Arch Caves, a series of limestone caverns formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of Cuilcagh mountain.


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