‘I cooked an egg INSIDE my car in just 20 minutes’ - Bristol grandmother claim during heatwave

Jill Hembury took advantage of the hottest day in Bristol ever to do some cooking

Bristol saw its hottest day on record yesterday with temperatures reaching 35.3C - and while many took advice to stay indoors, one woman decided to attempt to fry an egg from inside her Honda Civic.

Jill Hembury, aged 62, claimed to fry the egg on the dashboard to her 32-year-old vehicle. She said inside the car it was at least 45C, using an old war-time thermometer to take the reading.

The gardener from St Werburghs said: “Walking out of the front door is like walking out of an airplane in Spain.

“The egg only took 20 minutes to cook - it was hilarious.

Jill Hembury said it took just 20 minutes to cook the egg

“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.”


She explained the fun activity was one that was a tradition in her family whilst growing up.

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.

The egg cooking on the dashboard of the Honda Civic

“So I thought it would be fun to show my grandchildren these pictures.”

Jill says today she will continue the tradition and attempt to cook herself a breakfast of toast, salmon and scrambled eggs.


Today, temperatures are expected to reach 33C from lunchtime.

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.”