Faversham Sets Another Highest Temperature
By Paul Homewood
According to the Met Office, the highest temperature on record in the UK was set in Faversham in 2003.
It is with interest that I also noticed that Faversham also set the highest temperature last month:
When the same place keeps setting records, suspicions arise whether local influences are at play. (I seem to recall Tim Channon taking a closer look at this issue a while ago?)
In any event, I asked the Met Office how long Faversham’s records date back, and received this reply:
"The Faversham temperature records started in January 1959 but with a gap in the records from March 1990 to April 1998 inclusive. The record is continuous since May 1998.
For sunshine the records go back to January 1958 but with a gap from March 1990 to July 1998 inclusive. Rainfall only goes back to May 1998."
So there is no data for Faversham for August 1990, when so many station record highs were set. The UK record of 37.1C was set in Cheltenham that month, the record that was subsequently overhauled at Faversham in 2003. (Interestingly, the record prior to Cheltenham was 36.7C, set in 1911).
The question therefore raised itself, was it hotter at Faversham in 1990, than the record set thirteen years later.
Faversham’s record may be OK as an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, but it seems to me that, for climatological purposes, such records are meaningless unless the station has a proper, long term climate record.
Otherwise, there is a danger of comparing apples with pears.