The heatwave of 2018 has seen many drawing comparisons to the scorching summer of 1976.
Dundee, along with the rest of the UK, spent much of June and July basking in 25-30C heat with seemingly no rain in sight – until last weekend of course.
For those who were there, the weather has brought back memories of 42 years ago, when the country enjoyed – and endured – an incredible 15 consecutive days of temperatures breaking the 30C barrier.
But as we enter August, how fair is it to compare 2018 to the heady summer of 1976?
Met Office meteorologist Fraser Ralston said that although temperatures were higher than average for the year, you only have to go back to 2014 to find a similarly balmy July in Dundee.
He said: “It’s been much warmer than expected seasonally by 2-3C every day.
“The typical average temperature was 18-19C over the last 30 years but it’s been much warmer than that this July.
“We’ve had 50-75% of the rainfall we would expect for this time of year. But it’s only been four years since we’ve had a July as warm as this one.”
This year, the highest recorded temperature for July in Tayside came in at 25.8C at the start of the month. The average high temperature in the east of Scotland throughout the month was just below 20C, slightly cooler than in 1976.
However, the region was warmer this June than the same month 42 years ago, with average high temperatures nudging about 17C.
Analysis from the James Hutton Institute showed that a peak temperature of 26.7C was recorded in Dundee in June at its monitoring station at Mylnefield, in Invergowrie.
And a mix of milder nights and 140% of average sunshine throughout July have also helped make it a memorable summer.
Mr Ralston added: “It might be the combination of temperature and sunshine hours which have made the comparisons go back to 1976. It’s also been notably sunnier so ice cream profits should be boosted.
“But it’s too early to make direct comparisons to the summer of 1976 because we still have to go through August and record the whole summer period.”
Traders such as ice cream vendors and butchers have been enjoying a boom in sales as folk take the chance to eat outdoors.
Scott McRitchie, manager at Scott Brothers Butchers on Nethergate, said: “We’ve definitely seen an increase and I’m sure that’s the same for the other shops as well.”
However with predictions of “changeable” weather to come in August, the summer of 1976 might remain the benchmark for Britain’s heatwaves.
Back then, the hot spell lasted from mid June to the end of August.
Below-average rainfall caused the most significant drought since 1910 and the National Water Council took out full-page newspaper ads on “how to beat the drought”.