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    Extremes

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    West Midlands extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Hereford 21.4
    Lowest maximum temperature Pennerley 16.1
    Lowest minimum temperature Leek 10.9
    Highest rainfall Keele 3.2
    Sunniest Shawbury 2.2 hours

    UK extremes

    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Usk No.2 22.5
    Lowest maximum temperature Resallach 14.4
    Lowest minimum temperature Santon Downham 7.2
    Highest rainfall Walney Island 20.8
    Sunniest Kinloss 7.1

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    Highest maximum temperature - (0900 to 2100 on the date shown)

    Lowest maximum temperature - (0900 to 2100 on the date shown)

    Lowest minimum temperature - (2100 on the previous day to 0900 on the date shown)

    Highest rainfall -(2100 on the previous day to 2100 on the date shown)

    Sunniest - (2100 on the previous day to 2100 on the date shown)

    Issued at: 0002 on Tue 02 Sep 2014

    Location Details

    Coventry

    Location: 52.4065, -1.5182

    Altitude: 79m above mean sea level

    Coventry information

    Coventry is Britain’s city that is furthest from any coast and is situated 96 miles north-west of London and east of Birmingham.

    It is an ancient settlement that was known to exist in the Bronze Age. At the time of the Roman invasion it was in the tribal lands of the Corieltauvi. The Romans established a fort nearby at Baginton.

    The city is known for its legend of Lady Godiva riding un-attired through the city, which took place before William of Normandy’s arrival on the English throne.

    By the 14th century, Coventry had become an important centre of the cloth trade. Throughout the Middle Ages it was one of the largest and most important cities in England.

    In the 18th century Coventry developed as a centre for watch and clock making. By the 19th century these skills transferred to the making of bicycles, which evolved into motorcycle, machine tools and eventually car manufacturing in the 20th century.

    As Coventry was such a centre of engineering, it suffered its own Blitz in the Second World War which, through the use of incendiary bombs, saw the destruction of much of the original medieval city centre, which was largely made up of timber framed buildings, alongside the destruction of the 14th century cathedral. Coventry lost 800 people to the bombs and 4,000 buildings.