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    Extremes

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    London & South East England extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Thorney Island 19.7
    Lowest maximum temperature South Newington 15.7
    Lowest minimum temperature South Newington 7.7
    Highest rainfall Alice Holt Lodge 4.6
    Sunniest Heathrow 8.4 hours

    UK extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Thorney Island 19.7
    Lowest maximum temperature Loch Glascarnoch 11.5
    Lowest minimum temperature Tyndrum 3.6
    Highest rainfall Lusa 13.4
    Sunniest Prestwick 13.0

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    Issued at: 0002 on Wed 20 Aug 2014

    Location Details

    Reading

    Location: 51.4523, -0.9724

    Altitude: 37m above mean sea level

    Reading information

    Reading is located in the south of the UK in the county of Berkshire. Situated in the Thames valley were the River Thames and the River Kennet meet, it easily accessible by both the M4 motorway and the Great Western Mainline Railway.

    Existing as early as the Roman invasion of Britain, Reading was originally considered to be a trading port. However, the town continued to grow and was the site of many battles during the Anglo-Saxon period.

    The trade histories of this town continued into the 18th Century with the beginning of iron works, which rapidly grew after the introduction of The Great Western Railway in 1841. Reading is now famous for the 3 B’s — beer, bulbs and biscuits - which have continued to be made here.

    Despite still being classed as a town, Reading has many things to attract visitors. The biggest attraction for many is the Reading festival, which is the world’s oldest popular music festival that is still in existence. Attracting 80,000 revellers every year, the festival has grown since the days of the National Jazz and Blues Festival to become one of the stand-out events on the UK music calendar. Twinned with the Leeds Festival, Reading attracts some of the world’s best rock acts to Little John’s Farm.

    Reading also offers plenty for people who are looking for a more sedate experience of the city, with heritage walks offering the chance to admire around 850 listed buildings and structures.

    Reading is also listed as one of the UK’s Top 10 retail destinations, boasting everything from quirky little sweet shops to the world renowned high end jewellers. The main shopping centres, The Oracle and Broad Street Mall, cater to everyone’s shopping needs and home a variety of eateries for those well needed breaks.

    Famous names that hail from the city include the likes of Chris Tarrant, most famously the presenter of the quiz show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, as well as comedian Ricky Gervais and Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet.