Incredible unearthed photos of Kent during the scorching summer of 1976

1976 was infamous for its record breaking heat wave which is etched in our memories

These are certain periods of time that are ingrained in our memories due to the extreme weather events that occurred at the time.

Take the example of the Great Storm of 1987, which many people still remember on a personal level – we may revisit Storm Eunice of 2022 in the same way in decades to come.

However, these unearthed photos reflect a change in weather at the opposite end of the scale.

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Like in 1987, if you were to ask people of a certain vintage their most memorable heat wave, a large portion of the answers would point you to 1976.

Simultaneously experiencing severe drought, the three-month period led to the second hottest average summer temperature in the UK since records began.

It was one of the driest, sunniest and hottest summers of the 20th century and brought with it days of agonizing (or glorious for some) heat.

Conditions were so bad that devastating heather and forest fires broke out in parts of southern England, while food prices rose by 12% due to crop damage.

Summer this year may seem a long way off, so in the meantime grab a nice refreshing drink and pour over our gallery of images showing how Kent coped with the unusual weather.

What are your memories of the 1976 heat wave? Let us know in the comments!

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