Residents of a small Lincolnshire town known for its record-breaking temperatures have revealed what it’s like to live there – as well as some tips and tricks to keep cool in a heatwave. Coningsby hit the headlines last summer when it reached the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK at 40.3C.
The summer of 2023 didn’t quite match the extreme heat of last year, which was compared to the Sahara Desert by some. However, as we move into meteorological Autumn and the school holidays finish, one last burst of sunshine is warming up the country before the cooler weather starts to creep in.
An amber heat-health alert was issued by the government for the week beginning Monday, September 4 and, according to the Met Office, Coningsby is set to reach impressive highs of 31C over the weekend. With Coningsby seemingly being one of the hottest places to live in Lincolnshire, its residents have shared what they do do keep cool in the heat.
One resident, Roseanne Morris, admitted she tends to stay inside during hot spells. She said: “It does get hot, but I’m fine and I cope with it. I just stay indoors and close the curtains. You’ve just got to keep cool, be sensible about it and get plenty of fluids down you.”
Irene Heap, who has lived in Coningsby for more than 40 years, said: “I do love this weather, but when it gets too hot I just sit in the shade. It’s lovely if you have a good book and a cup of tea. If I’m out and about then I just do what I’ve got to do and get home.
“If you’re out working in this heat then it must be really hot. We had a funeral yesterday and we had every window and door open because there was no breeze, it was stifling in there.”
Another local resident, Steve Bainton, said: “When it’s hot, it’s really hot. It is unbearable at times. You’ve just got to shut all your blinds, curtains and everything and have a nice cold drink.”
The Met Office suggests that because Coningsby is off the immediate coastline of Lincolnshire, it sees less influence from easterly and northeasterly sea breezes than some other stations in the county. The town is set to hit 31C on Saturday, September 9 while other areas of Lincolnshire, including Lincoln, Grantham and Boston, will reach the high-twenties across the weekend.