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UK Heatwave Nothing Unusual

May 9, 2016

By Paul Homewood





What is it about our weather that makes our media lose all sense of proportion? Already we have the Mirror claiming:


Britain has just enjoyed its warmest May day for four years, with experts saying this summer could be the hottest in 40 years.


So how hot has it been in the last few days? Yesterday the CET mean temperature reached 18.0C, the highest so far this month. But in comparison with other years, this is remarkably unremarkable.



Altogether, since 1772, there have been 78 days in May as hot or hotter.




The highest temperature of 21.2C was recorded as long ago as 1780. There is also nothing remotely unusual about May temperatures in recent years. The period 1944 to 1953 was probably the most notable for high May temperatures.

OK, it is still relatively early in the month and therefore high temperatures should be slightly less likely. But it is not totally untypical. In 1945, for instance, mean temperatures rose to 18.8C on the 12th May.


The Met Office weather report for May 1944 makes interesting reading, and offers canny similarities to this month:









As with this month, there was a polar blast early on. When the warm spell arrived, note the shallow trough over France; the current hot spell has seen exactly the same set of weather pattern, which has drawn up warm air from the south east.



In 1944, of course, they had other things on their mind. Within a week, despite the weather turning stormy again, the D Day landings took place. We should be grateful we don’t live in such times.

  1. Broadlands permalink
    May 9, 2016 6:39 pm

    And, on this side of the “pond” the warmest May for the US 48 states was in 1934… averaging 18.2°C. 2.5°C above the 20th century average.

  2. David Richardson permalink
    May 9, 2016 7:42 pm

    It really is a mixture of mass hysteria and Potentate’s clothing (or lack of).

  3. Joe Public permalink
    May 9, 2016 7:53 pm

    C’mon Paul – you know the MSM have pages to fill, and the easiest & cheapest way to do that is to mention ‘the weather’.

    I loved the bit about “Find out when the rain is set to return”; where I am, it happened ~2 hours before you posted this!

  4. May 9, 2016 9:08 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News.

  5. May 9, 2016 9:12 pm

    ‘What is it about our weather that makes our media lose all sense of proportion?’

    Lust for attention-grabbing headlines. One melting ice cream and we’re all doomed 🙂

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      May 10, 2016 7:42 am

      “One melting ice cream and we’re all doomed”

      Too right………have you seen the price of ice cream these days !!!

      • May 10, 2016 8:44 am

        They will have to ban it to ‘save the planet’. All that pointless power-hungry refrigeration… 😉

  6. May 12, 2016 8:18 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism.

  7. Lancashire Lad permalink
    May 17, 2016 4:28 pm

    Hello Oldbrew. You forgot! two weeks of fine weather, result, Hose pipe bans
    2″ of wet snow, and schools shut, chaos on roads, oh dear buy some snow blowers.
    In 1976 it was endless sunshine for 3 months, all the grass turned brown and brooks dried up
    Temperatures in the 80’s F every day, no such thing as Global warming then, it was just a hot summer, What would the propagandist media say now if we had another like it?

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