Daily weather observations at the University of Reading date back to 1901. Here are a selection of weather news stories for Reading since they began - with one or two earlier, newsworthy, items. They will be updated each day. Please let us know if you have any other snippets of news/information.

Any mention of a record refers to observations at the University of Reading - elsewhere in the United Kingdom values may have been higher or lower.

In Reading on 20 July in ...

2007
One of the wettest July days. A small tornado swept through a street in Shinfield on hurling tiles off roofs and pulling up trees. The freak weather phenomenon hit at around 11.30 a.m. in Chestnut Crescent, School Green, as torrential rain battered the county - and indeed a large part of England. Children at Shinfield Infant School who were supposed to be leaving at lunchtime had to stay inside as rubble flew through the air and trees were pulled down in the strong winds.
2016
A minimum temperature of 19.6 C during the night of 19-20 July 2016 occurred during a spell of hot weather that saw the temperature reach 31.9 C on the 19th. This night ranked as the second warmest July night on record and the fifth warmest night of any month in the entire record at that time.