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    Extremes

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    London & South East England extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Thorney Island 26.3
    Lowest maximum temperature Wych Cross 22.4
    Lowest minimum temperature Charlwood 14.3
    Highest rainfall Herstmonceux 14.4
    Sunniest Reading University 6.2 hours

    UK extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Thorney Island 26.3
    Lowest maximum temperature Altnahinch Filters 14.3
    Lowest minimum temperature Katesbridge 5.3
    Highest rainfall Tiree 19.6
    Sunniest Leconfield 12.8

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    Issued at: 0002 on Mon 28 Jul 2014

    Location Details

    Oxford

    Location: 51.7513, -1.2538

    Altitude: 61m above mean sea level

    Oxford information

    Oxford is a settlement with a long history located 60 miles north-west of London, on the Rivers Thames and Cherwell.

    Local archaeological evidence indicates settlements in the area for thousands of years although the then town came to greater prominence in Saxon times when it was on the borders of the Saxon Kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. It was originally called "Oxenaforda", as a simple direct naming of the function of a ford around which the settlement grew.

    It is probably best known for the University of Oxford, a collection of long established colleges and one of the leading higher education centres in the world. The university was first mentioned in 12th-century records.

    The city has played an important role in many periods of English history, from the English civil war to the temporary housing of the Court to King Charles II during the great plague of London.

    By 1790, the Oxford Canal opened linking the Midlands at Coventry though Oxford and on to London. By 1844 the Great Western railway opened its stations connecting the city, via Didcot to the East West Routes to London and the West of England.

    The early 20th century witnessed rapid growth at Cowley, to the south east of the city with the introduction and rapid growth of mass production of cars, vans and light trucks. By the early 21st century, that industry had declined but vehicle production continues at the BMW plant for the production of the Mini and its variants.