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I Wonder Where David Viner Is Holidaying This Summer?

August 31, 2015

By Paul Homewood       


People rush to put on waterproof ponchos at Jamie Oliver's and Alex James' Big Festival


Another Bank Holiday, another washout!




It was not meant to be like this!


Back in 2006, climate genius David Viner told us:


Climate change could "dramatically" change the face of British tourism in the next 20 years, with European tourists flocking to the UK to escape unbearably hot continental summers, experts say.

Research shows that European tourists may choose to holiday in Britain as resorts nearer to home become too hot.

Weather changes may provide revival opportunities for northern seaside towns such as Blackpool and put new strains on roads and development in southern coastal resorts, a study in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism said.

Academic David Viner, a researcher at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in Norwich, produced the report after analysing the work of experts around the globe.

"The likelihood [is] that Mediterranean summers may be too hot for tourists after 2020, as a result of too much heat and water shortages," the study said.

There were "opportunities for the revival of northern European resorts, including Blackpool, in the next 20 years, as climate change and rising transport costs offer new holiday opportunities," it said.


Apparently nobody thought to tell the tourists!



  1. Le Roy permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:09 am

    I remember being told that scorching summers would make lawns unsustainable and that we should dig them up and replace with gravel mediterranean style gardens…..anyone know how to get rid of oodles of soggy moss?

  2. August 31, 2015 11:19 am

    Like being too rich or too thin, it’s hard for a tourist resort to be too hot.

  3. Lord Beaverbrook permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:36 am

    Not long back from two weeks in Majorca, 11 of the 14 days over 30C, absolutely fantastic. 10C drop in temp on return, know where I’d rather be!

  4. August 31, 2015 12:57 pm

    Why does Danny Boyle (of the Telegraph), think it unusual to get two weeks worth of rain (somewhere) in a day on August Bank Holiday?

  5. Ian permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:06 pm

    But it’s only 2015. Aren’t you all being a bit premature?

  6. September 1, 2015 12:59 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    As the Telegraph said:
    This summer is set to have been wetter than all but five summers since 1988 and the wettest since 2012’s wettest summer for 100 years, Met Office records show. August saw 22 per cent more rain than usual.
    Another Viner winner 🙂

  7. September 1, 2015 2:00 pm

    “In years to come, children will not know what snow IS”
    David Viner, Climate Research Unit, East Anglia

  8. Peter Davis permalink
    September 1, 2015 2:30 pm

    The English language contains a range of words to express the degree of responsibility that an author takes for statements made.

    Words like “will”…”shall”…”is to”…mean that the author takes full responsibility for statements made.

    Words like “may”…”can”…”could” mean that the author takes no responsibility for statements made.

    This report by Viner is worthless, because he presages statements with “may”, “can”, “could”, and hence takes no responsibility.

    • John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia. permalink
      September 2, 2015 12:52 am

      Looks like he slipped up on this one:
      “In years to come, children WILL NOT know what snowis”
      David Viner, Climate Research Unit, East Anglia

      • September 2, 2015 10:11 am

        But he didn’t specify precisely when!
        We might all be dead.


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