Scottish village breaks UK 'record' for hottest January after one day

Provisional figures showed a record 19.6C in Kinlochewe on Sunday but a manual reading has exceeded that.

Scottish village breaks UK ‘record’ for hottest January day after high in Kinlochewe Getty Images

The Met Office has said a small Scottish village has broken a temperature record, just 24 hours after record figures were revealed.

A new daily max temperature for the UK in January was set on Sunday evening in the Kinlochewe village in Wester Ross.

The village in the north-west Highlands hit 19.6C according to provisional figures from the Met Office on Sunday.

But just 24 hours later, the Met Office have revealed that the record high has been broken after the hamlet of Achfary hit 19.9C on a manual reading.

That record exceeds that of Kinlochewe’s high, which was hotter than Rome and the Cote d’Azur on Sunday.

The Met Office posted on X: “A manual reading at Achfary, a site in northwest Scotland, has come in today with a temperature of 19.9 °C on Sunday, provisionally setting a new UK maximum temperature record for January

“This exceeds the automated reading of 19.6 °C reported yesterday at Kinlochewe.”

Kinlochewe went from 19.6C during the day on Sunday to -0.1C overnight with frosty conditions reported.

Both Scottish villages achieved higher readings than the previous records of Inchmarlo and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire which hit 18.3C in 2003.

Aber and Ceredigion, both in Wales, reached the same level in both 1958 and 1971.

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