LOOKING BACK - August 1 edition

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What a scorcher!

Seeking stories in our 1963 archives, I noticed there was a heatwave in July in 1963 too.

In the August 2 Advertiser it was reported temperatures rocketed to 80 degrees in the shade, from a maximum of 64 degrees the previous Thursday and farmers were working every possible hour of daylight in the fields.

The heat intensifying for six consecutive days brought to Rugby the highest late July temperatures for 15 years.

At the Avon Mill open-air swimming pool on a Tuesday a record 1,331 people crowded into the pool.

A spokesman for Midland Counties Dairy in Rugby reported there had been a rush for ice-cream.

And a spokesman at Burton & Co makers of mineral waters said that some employees were working overtime to keep up the supply of lemonade.