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Alf McQueef

Temperatures

What are the highest and lowest temperatures you have seen when driving in the UK - in a car where you trusted the thermometer, and when underway, not just after starting?

I drove for some time in 36 degrees today - it was 30 by 1000hrs - which I think is the hottest I have seen. I think about minus 8 must be the lowest I have seen down here. Then again I am hopeless at remembering this sort of thing, and have a vague memory it might have been -12 near Oxford a few years back!
PhilD

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Alf McQueef wrote:
What are the highest and lowest temperatures you have seen when driving in the UK - in a car where you trusted the thermometer, and when underway, not just after starting?



Black car with back interior has been in the sun all day and I'm just about to get in it. Against your rules but interesting to see how hot it's going to be today!
Frank Bullitt

I consistently drove with it moving around 34.5 today for a good half an hour or so.

Coldest -16!

I hate this weather, I've got critical plant all over site that is struggling to operate, drives me mad
Martin

It was 36c on the M1 coming home from work tonight, I can't remember seeing higher either.   It was comfortable enough though with the roof down and the aircon on.

I've seen 40c in my car in Italy and my all time record is 118f (48c) on the edge of Death Valley.  It was too hot to have the roof down or even step out of the car for more than 10mins.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

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Alf McQueef wrote:
What are the highest and lowest temperatures you have seen when driving in the UK


No idea, such information  is of little interest to me so no mental notes have been made !
PhilD

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PhilD wrote:
Alf McQueef wrote:
What are the highest and lowest temperatures you have seen when driving in the UK - in a car where you trusted the thermometer, and when underway, not just after starting?



Black car with back interior has been in the sun all day and I'm just about to get in it. Against your rules but interesting to see how hot it's going to be today!


A mere 34. Disappointing.
Frank Bullitt

Mine was 43.5 when I got it it at half 6!

Was 29 when I out it in the garage a few minutes ago (and has been out of direct sunlight for a few hours)
gooner

Mine showed 36 earlier but it dropped to 35 once I was moving.
Boxer6

I went up to the flying field earlier (about 18:30) and it was 34C then. Got back just after 21:00 and it was 24C.

From memory, 34C is the highest consistent temperature I've ever seen in this car. Lowest was -19C in the winter of 2010/11. I think I may have even have posted a pic of the temperature readout at the time.
PhilD

gooner wrote:
Mine showed 36 earlier but it dropped to 35 once I was moving.


Did you pop the heating on for a bit then?
Humphrey The Pug

Lowest was -10 in Guildford in a Megane, when we had that proper freeze; 2010?

I saw 37 yesterday, however this was in a car that had been sat outside in direct sunlight all day, I'm not sure how that affects reading or if the sensor is buried away so as not to affected by a direct hit.
JohnC

It is 8.30 in the morning and it is so dark, you would think it was 10pm on a winter's night. The thunder is rumbling and as I type this the heavens have opened with rain of biblical proportions: an unbelievable Florida type downpour with the rain drops bouncing back off the ground a good few inches.

I'm not looking forward to my drive to Edinburgh today but at least my office is an acceptable 24 degrees this morning instead of yesterday's stifling 29 degrees.
DetmoldDick

The highest I have seen here (after driving a while) was 42 degrees.
The lowest was -28c. The car would not start as the battery was weak and the fuel (diesel) had tuned to sludge in the filter. It was only rated down to -22 !!!
Tim

20 something yesterday (E39 M5s have pixel problems on the dashboard readouts as well as all the rust issues mentioned elsewhere   ).

I remember getting in the car after work after it had been parked in the sun all day in summer 2012 and having to get straight out again as it was too hot in there to breath but I don't remember the temperature.

Coldest was -10 in 2010/11
Blarno

I had a solid 34 all the way home from work last night, a 1.5 hour journey started at 5 PM. I had every window fully open, regardless of how fast I was going, it was agony.
Michael

It was still reading 25 when I drove back from where we walked the dogs - at 10:30 last night.

Not in the UK but I drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel on route to Geneva years ago. It was -18 in Courmayeur but got up to 26 inside the tunnel. Got to be the greatest extreme I've seen in the shortest time.
Roadsterstu

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PhilD wrote:
Alf McQueef wrote:
What are the highest and lowest temperatures you have seen when driving in the UK - in a car where you trusted the thermometer, and when underway, not just after starting?



Black car with back interior has been in the sun all day and I'm just about to get in it. Against your rules but interesting to see how hot it's going to be today!


My non-AC MX-5, in black, black hood, black interior,  in the Pyrenees a few years ago was awful until moving at a decent speed.

Highest I've ever seen on the outside temp was in the V50, last summer, at 37 degrees, in stationary traffic on the M62. At which point the AC packed up.

EDIT: Not to blow my own trumpet but my home made shims and half hour compressor fix have worked and the AC is doing a great job in 30+ degree heat this week  
DetmoldDick

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Roadsterstu wrote:

EDIT: Not to blow my own trumpet but my home made shims and half hour compressor fix have worked and the AC is doing a great job in 30+ degree heat this week  


Can you come and fix our aircon? It's 32 degrees in the office and 36 on the shop floor.  
gonnabuildabuggy

Blarno wrote:
I had a solid 34 all the way home from work last night, a 1.5 hour journey started at 5 PM. I had every window fully open, regardless of how fast I was going, it was agony.


No A/c?

I remember a journey like that in July 1995. 90mph down the A1 with 4 windows and the sunroof open, just a thin workshirt on and still boiling and dripping with sweat.

The only good point of the journey? The thought that my 405 with A/c arrived the following week, the first car on our fleet with a/c.
PG

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I consistently drove with it moving around 34.5 today for a good half an hour or so.

Coldest -16!


Much the same here. +35, -17.


Frank Bullitt wrote:
I hate this weather, I've got critical plant all over site that is struggling to operate, drives me mad


I'd have thought at 35 the people would be incapable, let alone what the plant could do.

Blarno

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

No A/c?

I remember a journey like that in July 1995. 90mph down the A1 with 4 windows and the sunroof open, just a thin workshirt on and still boiling and dripping with sweat.

The only good point of the journey? The thought that my 405 with A/c arrived the following week, the first car on our fleet with a/c.


I have AC, it just doesn't work and my blower only directs air at the windscreen.
BeN

Bunch of pansies.
Frank Bullitt

PG wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
I hate this weather, I've got critical plant all over site that is struggling to operate, drives me mad


I'd have thought at 35 the people would be incapable, let alone what the plant could do.



You're not wrong, especially when one piece of key plant decides to shit two of the three compressors (one on each cooling coil) within 24 hours of each other and they are only 2 years old (they should last 10+ years). Still, we like a challenge.
DetmoldDick

It just kept on getting hotter and hotter throughout the afternoon yesterday.
We have Lockheed Martin personnel over at the moment and they decided to leave as it was too hot.





They are from Orlando, Florida  
Roadsterstu

DetmoldDick wrote:

They are from Orlando, Florida  


Where every building is air conditioned, probably.
scamper

BeN wrote:
Bunch of pansies.


I agree.  Throw in some Asian humidity and the UK would grind to a halt.

Have not seen what the temps are in the car this week, but Surrey is a bit of a dust bowl at the moment, and I'm used to the sandy conditions of Cannock Chase.

I know last year I was on the M6 on July 1st without aircon and my van was showing 34.5 degrees.
Bob Sacamano

Here, 10 miles south of Castle Black and The Wall, it's a very pleasant 25 degrees.

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