Britain confirms highest ever recorded temperature

Britain recorded its highest-ever temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge on July 25, the country's national weather service says.

The temperature was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, beating a previous record high of 38.5C from August 2003.

The Met Office, a government weather forecasting agency, provisionally announced the result on Friday and said on Monday that it had now been officially validated.

The Met Office said there was still a chance that an even higher value had been recorded elsewhere, as some of its observation sites only report monthly.