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Record Breaking Cold In The UK

August 1, 2015

By Paul Homewood


As reported earlier, yesterday saw one of the coldest July nights in the UK for many years. According to the BBC, a record low for Southern England of just 1C was set.





CET also shows just how unusually cold it was, following a couple of weeks of well below average night temperatures.


Indeed, at 5.4C, CET has this as the coldest July night since 1965, which happened to be the lowest in the whole daily series since it started in 1878.

Yesterday was also the fifth coldest July night since 1878. The only nights that were colder occurred in 1888, 1902 and 1929.






The reason is very simple – the North Atlantic, where our recent weather has been coming from, is now turning very cold.





  1. August 1, 2015 5:05 pm

    Minimum temperatures are not always set at night, especially in winter.
    Cloudy nights and clear days can result in the days being colder than the nights.

  2. Green Sand permalink
    August 1, 2015 10:38 pm

    “The reason is very simple – the North Atlantic, where our recent weather has been coming from, is now turning very cold.”

    “SPOTTED: Incredible rare sighting of white beluga whale in British waters”

    “THE incredible sighting of this enigmatic and highly elusive whale from the High Arctic is only one of a handful of times the species has been seen off the UK’s coastline.,,,,

    ,,,,,,,By rights, the beluga should have been 2,000 miles to the north in the Barents Sea.

    Thousands of belugas live among the ice floes that litter the area east of the Svalbard archipelago, but only on extremely rare occasions do they swim as far south as the British Isles……..

    …….Dr Peter Evans, Director of the Sea Watch Foundation, who helped confirm the beluga’s identification, explained the possible reason for its arrival to our shores.

    He said: “This is not the first Arctic species to occur in Britain this year.

    “Back in February, the first European sighting of a bowhead whale was captured on a smartphone in the Isles of Scilly.

    “In that instance, it was thought that the fragmentation of floating ice may have resulted in whales typically associated with pack ice, straying much further south.

    “Whether the same has occurred in the case of this beluga is not clear but sea temperatures have been unusually low this summer.”

    Emphasis added

  3. August 2, 2015 12:01 am

    UK extremes
    Parameter Location Value
    Highest maximum temperature Northolt 23.2 °C
    Lowest maximum temperature Killylane 12.5 °C
    Lowest minimum temperature Sennybridge 0.9 °C
    Highest rainfall Lusa 20.0 mm
    Sunniest Hurn 13.9 hours

    Issued at: 0003 on Sat 01 Aug 2015

  4. Oswald Thake permalink
    August 2, 2015 1:26 pm

    But…don’t you know 2015 will be the hottest year evah?

    • AndyG55 permalink
      August 2, 2015 9:03 pm

      Yep, The NOAA/GISS guys have their instructions.

      Reality.. not a consideration.!

  5. Deborah permalink
    August 2, 2015 4:06 pm

    And in the Archers on the BBC harvest is going full pelt without a break for rain – whereas for a real farmer, harvest is at least 2 weeks late (if not more) and for many hasn’t even started.

    • Evan permalink
      August 3, 2015 8:01 am

      would that be their RICE harvest? – I can’t even get near the combine shed for deep mud here – the fields are absolutely sodden – funny thing is – 1985 was WETTER but at least it WAS WARMER then when you got soaked regularly EVERY DAY – now its 5 days a week ( out of 7 )

  6. August 2, 2015 6:26 pm

    Have had a very depressing weekend from the AGW viewpoint. Met two friends who are intelligent engineers (even tho’ extreme right wing tendencies) and they are totally convinced by the media hype. Makes me wonder what chance there is of sane debate when intelligent people still believe the BBC and press reports. Then in Sunday Telelaph, an article by the CEO of National Grid extolling the virtues of the Paris party!

    • Green Sand permalink
      August 2, 2015 8:08 pm

      Jack Broughton

      I have days like that, I listen, I take another look to make sure I do know the guy that just said that and I walk away questioning myself.

      I have two very good friends, colleagues, who are brilliant engineers, responsible for some of the most iconic structures in the UK. They are not just believers in AGW, they approach it in a way that is the total antithesis of their working life. They are unquestioning of the mantra!

      Whist designing a life hazard structure they are totally ‘nullius in verba’! To the extent that neither accepts tried and tested FEA or any other computer model output without carrying out several alternative checks always ending with basic ‘hand cals’!

      But with AGW, the model output is not just accepted, it is treated as an unquestioned fact! It is a situation that has fascinated me for many years.

      Only clue I have is that these guys, who have been amongst the top mechanical design engineers in the UK over the last three decades are very strongly committed church member Christians.

      Whilst I will never understand folks, there are many I respect.

  7. Evan permalink
    August 3, 2015 7:56 am

    Come on boys – Catch some more fish! – been quite a few years since last one was caught or reported

  8. Dave Nunn permalink
    August 3, 2015 11:01 am

    Tuna were relatively common place in the 1930s, including the British rod caught record of 851lb.
    BTW I’m a professional engineer that is proudly sceptical.

  9. Dave Nunn permalink
    August 3, 2015 11:08 am

    That Tuna was caught in the North Sea.

  10. August 8, 2015 5:36 am

    If the ice core records from Greenland are correct and they are the best available.

    1 The last millennium of our current benign Holocene epoch 1000AD – 2000AD was the coldest of the whole current interglacial.

    2 for its first 8000 years the early Holocene, encompassing its “climate optimum” had a pretty flat temperatures on average a drop of only 0.05 degC per millennium.

    3 but the recent Holocene for the last 30o0 years since 1000BC has seen a temperature diminution at 10 times that earlier rate 0.5 degC / millennium.

    4 our Holocene interglacial at about 11000 years old and it is probably drawing to its close in this century the next century or this millennium.

    5 any current warming will eventually be seen as just noise in the longer term progress of continuing cooling.

    So concern about current Anthropogenic Global Warming is a fallacy and there is absolutely nothing that Man-kind can do about it. Whatever is done will never impede the progress of impending cold in the longer term.

    All Man-kind’s concern should concentrate on the outcome of the end of our happy Holocene epoch.

    That will be a real climate change. It is inevitable and it will be devastating.

    Our current beneficial, warm Holocene interglacial has been the enabler of mankind’s civilisation for the last 10,000 years. The congenial climate of the Holocene spans from mankind’s earliest farming to the scientific and technological advances of the last 100 years.

    Our Happy warm Holocene is bound to end and it could well be quite soon in geological terms.

    See more at:

    • AndyG55 permalink
      August 8, 2015 6:29 am

      “3. but the recent Holocene for the last 3000 years since 1000BC has seen a temperature diminution at 10 times that earlier rate 0.5 degC / millennium.”

      Geographers even have a name for this.. “Neoglaciation” it culminated in the coldest period in Holocene history, the LIA, and we have just had a small but very fortunate climb from that particularly nasty cold period. It seems to have stopped, unfortunately. 😦

  11. M E Emberson permalink
    August 9, 2015 1:17 am

    May I respectfully suggest that being a Christian or not has no bearing on opinions about AGW.
    Maybe you friends just have a tendency to believe what they are told by the government or maybe they need to act as if they believe it , to safeguard their position in society.


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