UK heatwave sees mum claim to have cooked egg on car dashboard in 20 minutes

A woman has claimed that the heatwave in the UK is so strong, she was able to fry an egg on the dashboard of her car.

Jill Hembury, 62, saw an opportunity for some outside cooking during yesterday's heatwave (July 18) where the temperature peaked at 38.1C in Suffolk.

According to Jill, she managed to fry an egg on the dashboard of her car and she called the whole situation "hilarious".

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"Walking out of the front door is like walking out of an airplane in Spain," said the gardener from St Werburgs, Bristol.

"The egg only took 20 minutes to cook – it was hilarious!"

Jill used an old war-time thermometer to measure the temperature, and the Bristol resident claims that her 32-year-old Honda Civic was at least 45 Degrees Celsius.

She said: "The thermometer actually went off the top when I placed it on the dashboard – it went to 45 degrees and then wouldn't go any further."

Cooking eggs on unorthodox surfaces was something of a tradition when she was younger and the grandmother-of-eight said: "When we were kids we used to have these terracotta tiled windowsills – and they used to get red hot".

"We used to try cooking eggs on there with varying success, so I thought it would be fun to show my grandchildren these pictures."

During this heatwave where temperatures are set to reach an unprecedented 43C today, Jill, surprisingly, isn't the only person cooking eggs on the dashboard of their car.

A woman named Gladys posted a video on TikTok of an egg in a frying pan on a dashboard of a car with an in-car thermometer reading a temperature of 40C.

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Gladys said: “I work as a community carer and we had been so hot travelling around in the car, that I brought in two thermometers to check what the temperature was inside. The temperature at one point had reached 58.3°C!

“Just the day before I was discussing the weather with a friend and I thought, ‘I wonder if you could cook anything in the car?’, so I gave frying an egg a go! It fully cooked after about an hour of sitting in the vehicle. I couldn’t believe it.”

While Gladys stuck to just cooking eggs, Jill said she wants to continue the legacy of the tradition and cook not just eggs, but salmon and toast too.

Jill added: "I would cook it all on the bonnet but there's no way it would have lasted with all the seagulls we have around it!

"I am going to try toasting my bread on the aerial and hope the gulls don't get it before I do!"


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