TAN fans basked in record heat last month, according to new figures.

With an average temperature of 16.6°C (62°F) Huddersfield enjoyed its warmest September since 1959.

And Huddersfield University's School of Applied Sciences says last month was even hotter than August.

Thursday, September 21, was the fifth warmest day of the year, when the mercury almost touched 30°C (86°F).

Salendine Nook meteorologist Paul Stevens said: "Last month really was exceptional, with high pressure over the Continent keeping temperatures up."

But last month was also wetter than normal, with 80mm of rain falling. The average is 60mm.

A quarter of the total came down on Thursday, September 14.

Mr Stevens explained: "We got the remnants of three hurricanes from the other side of the Atlantic."

And Mr Stevens, who uses computer models from the US and Canada to forecast the weather, predicted a mixed October.

He said: "I expect higher than normal temperatures in the first half of the month. But by the second half it will be cooler, with ground frost appearing.

"The average temperature this October should be normal, but I'm expecting more rain than usual."


Average temperatures. Rainfall well below average across the UK.


Temperatures mixed across . Rainfall well above average .


Mean temperatures below average . In Scotland, March was actually colder than (Dec/Jan/Feb).


Mean temperatures average. Sunshine above average.


England & Wales receiving over double the average May rainfall. Temperatures average.


Very warm, dry and sunny. Mean temperatures generally 1 to 2 °C above average.


Many areas had their warmest July on record.


Temperatures were slightly above average across the UK.


Mean temperatures were exceptionally above average across the whole of the UK, warmest September since 1914.