Careful what you wish for: 60% of Brits say it’s too hot

Matthew SmithHead of Data Journalism
July 25, 2019, 2:30 PM GMT+0

Two thirds of Brits are finding it hard to sleep in this weather

While many of us spend the long winter months lusting after a hot summer, we’ve got more than we bargained for with this week’s heatwave.

With temperatures soaring as high as 36.9oc, 60% of Britons told YouGov Realtime that the current weather is just too hot for comfort.

A further third of the population (34%) are seemingly very fortunate to have had temperatures skyrocket to near record-breaking levels, as they consider them to be “just right”.

Younger Brits are wilting the most: almost three quarters of 18 to 24 year olds (74%) say it’s too hot, compared to 61% of 25 to 44 year olds and 57% of those aged 45 and above.

In Scotland, where temperatures have unsurprisingly been cooler, fewer people find themselves in discomfort: 43% say the weather is just right, although 47% of their fellow countrymen still find it too warm.

The heat has certainly set tongues wagging, with 88% of people saying it’s been a topic of conversation for them. It has also kept eyes open: 65% of us report trouble sleeping because of the heat. Women in particular are likely have been warmed to wakefulness, with 71% unable to get as much shut-eye (compared to 60% of men).

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