Summer of 2018 beats legendary summer of 1976 in number of summer's days

Today will see the 51st so-called summer's day this year, i.e. a day with maximum temperatures exceeding 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), beating the milestone of 1976. 

We are having a second heat wave this summer - the first time since 2006 - and today adds another particular statistic to the list: the number of so-called summer's days is reaching 51 today, breaking the 1976 mark. An average summer has 28 summer's days. 

This is not an all-time record though: the summer of 1947 had as many as 66. "Maybe we can break that all-time record in the coming weeks", says the VRT's weather presenter Frank Deboosere.

However, this being said, the summer of 1976 is still topping the list where the number of tropical days is concerned: 19, compared to 'just' 7 this summer (so far).  A tropical day means maximum temperatures of at least 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). 

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