Exceptional Warmth? Not In Central England!
By Paul Homewood
There is one more thing to add to the story about the “heatwave” earlier this month, when supposedly we had the highest September temperatures since 1911.
As we know, this claim hinged on two stations at Gravesend and Faversham, which are known to be hot spots and which have data only going back to 1995, along with Heathrow, Northolt and Kew.
In the rest of the country, nothing exceptional seems to have happened.
While it may be true that a little corner of South East England, which always tends to be the hottest part of the country, had high temperatures, by far the best representation of temperatures in England is given by the Central England Temperature series, which covers a vast swathe of middle England. It is representative of a triangular central area of the United Kingdom enclosed by Bristol, Manchester and London.
The highest CET this month was 25.0C on the 14th, well below the 34.4C set at Gravesend.
It turns out that such temperatures are far from uncommon in Central England.
Since 1878, there have been 64 days as hot or hotter, about one every two years.
As with the rest of the country, those September days in 1906, and again in 1911, were incomparably warmer than this year. Indeed, the weather on the 14th of this month was so unremarkable that it was not even as warm as September 4th 2013.
Not that you will hear any of this from the Met Office or BBC!