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City has steamiest night for 100 years; WEEKEND TEMPERATURES SOAR - AND COVENTRY FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO SLEEP.

Byline: LUCY WILSON

PEOPLE in Coventry enjoyed the hottest day so far this year yesterday following one of the hottest nights of the century on Saturday.

Temperatures yesterday reached 29.1C on yesterday according to measurements taken at Bablake Weather Centre in the grounds of Bablake School, Coundon Road, Radford, Coventry.

This beat the previous record for 2001 set on Tuesday when the temperature reached 28.6C.

Bablake Weather Centre's Steve Jackson said: "On Saturday night it was very warm. The minimum temperature was 18.8C and going back to 1892 there have only been five nights warmer than that.

"That explains why people were finding it difficult to sleep. There was also high humidity."

Mr Jackson expects the good weather to carry on this week but with a risk of thunderstorms on Thursday.

Coventry's ozone levels crept up to 69.9 parts per billion at the weekend - just above the national standard of 50 parts per billion.

Ozone is created when strong sunshine strikes nitrogen oxides, which are pollutants from car exhausts. Breathing in ozone can worsen symptoms for people who have respiratory problems.

But Coventry City Council's principal environmental health officer Gordon Clamp said: "It's not enough to cause adverse effects. It's only just edging into the moderate level."

Thousands of people took advantage of the good weather and visited tourist attractions and seaside resorts around the country.

Linda Wraig, an assistant at Coventry Tourism Centre, said: "We haven't been unduly busy with visitors to Coventry. We have had more people coming in wanting to get away for the weekend and asking for holiday brochures."

Heathrow Airport saw the warmest weather yesterday as the temperature reached 31.9C - hotter than Hawaii.

But Britain is still a long way from reaching its highest temperature ever recorded - 37.1C (98.8) on August 3, 1990.
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