Harry Potter on a swing set at a park in Little Whinging during the 1995 heat wave

"It is hot. That's right, hot everywhere. There's sweat. There's stifling."
—A TV weatherman on the 1995 heat wave[src]

A heat wave is a prolonged period of exceptionally hot weather.[1]


1995 heat wave


A nurse tends to heat-exhausted attendants of a Royal Air Force show during the heat wave

In the summer of 1995, the United Kingdom was hit by a major heat wave, with temperatures reaching 90° Fahrenheit, in London and slightly less in other areas of the country, leading Met Office to issue a Level 3 Heat-Health Alert for the first time ever.[2]

On 2 August, temperatures rose to the mid-90s Fahrenheit, and an FM radio host announced that the following day could possibly see temperatures climb to 100° Fahrenheit.[3]

In Little Whinging, the use of hosepipes was banned, leaving the front lawns at Privet Drive parched and yellowing, and the cars dusty.[4] The Dursleys were known to, however, cheat this ban on occasion.[5]


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