With no sign to the end of the current heatwave, are we seeing a repeat of 1976?
Back then, a spell of hot weather from mid-June to the end of August included 15 consecutive days where a maximum temperature of 32 degrees celsius or more was recorded somewhere in the UK.
It was one of the most prolonged heatwaves within living memory.
The highest temperature recorded in June 1976 was 35.6 C in Southampton while the 35.9 C scorcher was recorded in Cheltenham was the highest July temperature.
But what really set the summer of ’76 apart was the drought. The hot, dry weather affected domestic water supplies leading to widespread water rationing, forcing people in some parts of Britain to queue for water at standpipes in the street.
In Hull, the parks – and in particular their paddling pools – became magnets for children looking to keep cool.
Outdoor musical shows in the parks also boomed, although as our picture shows, not everyone appreciated the tunes of the Hull Jazz Band as they played in Queens Gardens.
The high temperatures also brought its fair share of problems.
Fire crews were called out to spray cold water on a swing bridge over the River Hull after its metal structure had expanded in the heat preventing it from opening.
Even fish dock factory workers at St. Andrews Dock felt the heat as they handled huge blocks of ice destined for the city’s deep-seat trawler fleet.
Meanwhile, shoppers looking to cool down headed to the newly-opened Prospect Centre as the city’s first purpose-built shopping mall also came complete with a state-of-the-art air conditioning system.
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