UK's summer scorcher sends bets sky high

Bookmakers William Hill have slashed the price of the UK record temperature being beaten in 2005 from 14/1 to 8/1 following a massive punt earlier in the week. Bets were received from up and down the country and ranged from £10 to £1000.
If the record is beaten it will be the second time since the Millennium that Hills have been singed by temperature bets. The first time was on the 10th of August 2003, when temperatures reached 38.1C (100.6f) leaving Hills red faced as they had been offering 10/1 just weeks before the temperature broke the barrier.

'We are a little nervous but for now we will not be cutting the price any further. It would not be the first time that we have been caught out by record temperatures but long range forecasts are notoriously inaccurate and we will be hoping that Michael Fish had some input in last night's programme,' said Hills spokesman Rupert Adams. - 2005-05-16 12:53:38

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