Central England Summer : Five Degrees Cooler Than 1976


Central England average daily maximum temperatures averaged 69.5F this summer, almost five degrees cooler than 1976. Almost two-thirds of days were cooler this summer than the corresponding day in 1976. There was one hot day on July 25, which was a degree warmer than the hottest day of 1976.

Experts have determined that one hot day on July 25 was the “new normal.”

Heatwave: Record temperatures will be ‘new normal’ in future, climate experts warn as UK experiences second hottest day ever | The Independent

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23 Responses to Central England Summer : Five Degrees Cooler Than 1976

  1. anothermaninthemirror says:

    Thanks Tony. Have sent this reassuring information to my brother who lives in the UK. I’m afraid he has swallowed the propaganda of the UK media (esp the BBC).

    • rah says:

      Is your brother for BREXIT or against it? I suspect he is a remainer. I would be surprised if there is not a strong correlation. Those that believe the government on climate change are more likely to believe them on BREXIT also I suspect. Those that want BREXIT more likely to reject the government propaganda on climate change.

    • Robertv says:

      We had some friends over and because of the torrential rain in the south climate became the topic. I told them there is nothing wrong with the climate and they responded with
      “But all that plastic in the oceans”
      It is very hard for most people to differentiate between climate and pollution. The alarmist did a great job to make it the same issue. Now all those who say that there is no problem with the climate immediately become polluters of the oceans.

  2. anothermaninthemirror says:

    Tony, just for the record, what is the source of the stats you have used on your graph? Or have I missed something?

  3. Robertv says:

    It was so cold and rainy this august in the UK and Ireland that my wife made me swear to visit a warm and dry country like Croatia next year. During most of our 11,000 km trip we prayed for some global warming.

  4. Andy says:

    Been a wet summer as well here in the UK.

    However September is proving to be lovely and sunny. It keeps me indoors whilst I watch the Arctic sea ice get to THE SECOND LOWEST EXTENT ON RECORD, even after some people said it had stopped about 3 weeks back … cough :)

    Now very close to my 4 million estimate at the stat of the summer


    • MrGrimnasty says:

      Some people pointed out it would likely dip a bit more. 2nd lowest ? It depends on your data source, when the discrepancy between just 2 sources is far greater than the difference between all the last 15 years, and the last 15 years are all the same near as makes no difference, the only scientific conclusion is that within error margins, sea ice extent has been stable for 15 years. some people like to misrepresent that as a continued decline or worrisome. Cough.

      It also hasn’t been wet all over the UK, been completely average ‘here’, and some areas have been very dry too, there are at least 3 rivers in the S. with critically low flow.

    • MrGrimnasty says:

      Andy, you might also want to take a look t the astounding recovery of Antarctic sea ice this year. Remember, it INCREASED relentlessly from c.1980-2016 and then suddenly dipped – which NO SCIENTIST CAN EXPLAIN. And yet you think Arctic sea ice is controlled by CO2, even though the Arctic area is no warmer than c.1940 give or take.

      • Andy says:

        Where did I ever say anything about CO2 controlling arctic sea ice extent? Stop putting words in my mouth. I’m happy watching the ice and how it trends, with no need to try and force a root cause on it.

        Antarctic ice is interesting as you say, there was a large increase for several years and now has dipped again. As I have previously mentioned there is no scientific explanation for this, although SAM was thought possible. Glad you are following it to. Since the extent went down Tony stopped following it as much.

        One year when it is still lower than the average for the last 10 years is hardly an “stounding recovery” though. Too early to know what will happen, just have to give it more time to see if continues back up to prior increases or continues down. I don’t have a desire , unlike some people, for it to go one way or another to prove something ;)


        • BH says:

          Hi Andy
          Do you also track the volume or do you focus only on the sea ice extent? I’d be interested to get your reaction to the loss of sea ice volume over the last 40 years.


    • KevinPaul says:

      What record is that Andy, …… the medieval warm period perhaps, (which Mann made vanish with his frankenstick) when grapes graced the walls and lots of Westminster, when death rates from disease plummeted as the wheat and oat silos overflowed and the healthful population doubled, and such was the bounty that the great cathedrals of Europe sprung up all over the place.
      Sad Andy how your fixation on one pixel blinds you of the greater scene.

      • Gator says:

        And Andy is competing with Ms Griff for their local village idiot position. I think too much alcohol, both in and out of the womb, has left Andy Andy with Swiss Cheese for memory.

    • rah says:

      How long is that “record” Andy? Does the “record” your referring to begin before 1979 when the AMO was in the celler?

    • Logic n reason says:

      Here are some facts about the UK summer of 1976. It was caused by three high pressure systems that settled over northern Europe. It barely rained in the UK for three months. Rivers and reservoirs dried up.South Wales was so bad that water rationing was brought in and people had to get water from standpipes set up by the water company in the street. The minister for sport,Denis Howell, was appointed Minister for Water. Even a village that was flooded for a reservoir decades before,started to reappear. Many reservoirs dropped to 50% capacity. There has never been a summer like it since – and all the time respected scientists told us to be ready for another ice age!

  5. Wellers says:

    Thank you Tony for your great work putting the record straight on English weather. Answer to earlier question: I believe Tony has used the Central England Temperature (CET) record which is published by the UK Meteorological Office. It’s the longest running temperature series in the world, going back to 1659.

    The main impact of the ‘record heat’ was that the rail tracks became slightly buckled so that trains had to slow down to 40 mph one afternoon. That’s why you see a photo of the Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder, who ironically is the son of the late great climate sceptic Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist. Nigel advocated that the sun was the main influence on the earth’s climate.

    The ‘climate disruption’ on that hot day was nothing compared to August 9th when large parts of the UK went without power due to a failure of the country’s largest offshore wind farm. Trains and hospitals fell without power for several hours – it was total chaos!

  6. Logic n reason says:

    I remember 1985 being a lousy abnormally cold wet summer in the UK especially August. By September it was more like November then in the last week of the month we had a ridiculous hot spell culminating in October 1st hitting 30 C. Of course a week later we were back to normal. At the time everyone just said it was the variation of weather that took place from time to time

  7. BH says:

    Hi all
    I’m curious to know why this thread focused on ‘central England’. Is there a specific reason for this?

    Would it paint a more accurate picture if we also included the records broken in other parts of England as well as records broken in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland this year.

    Seems odd to base a thread on one region of the UK, not to mention the rest of the world.

    Is this reasonable or am I likely to get shouted down? :)


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