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Telegraph Peddle “Hottest May day” Lie

May 28, 2017

By Paul Homewood

Quite the most ridiculous article in the Telegraph, which was originally published on Friday:


Northern England and Scotland will be hotter than Morocco and Mexico City today as Britain roasts on the record hottest May day for 176 years.

Grahame Madge from the Met Office said: "It is very, very clear today. There are clear skies virtually across the UK."

The warmest place in the country today and Saturday is likely to be Scotland.

"Whether we’ll see that magic 30 we’re not sure, it might just get there," said Mr Madge.

Yet, as the report further down notes, there was only a slim likelihood of the record actually occurring:

Thunderstorms will wash out Bank Holiday Monday, forecasters say, but the mercury is set to hit the "low 30s" as a tropical blast moves in today and Saturday leaving a "chance" of smashing the 32.8C May temperature record.

That was set on on May 22, 1922 at Camden Square, London, and May 29, 1944, at Horsham, West Sussex, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and Regent’s Park, London. Met Office records began in 176 years ago in 1841.

But the Met Office said showers will hit parts of the the west on Saturday and, after a dry 28C Sunday, thunderstorms threaten much of England into a 25C Bank Holiday Monday.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: "There is a chance of a 32.8C May record temperature, with the low 30s possible on Friday and, most likely, Saturday.

After around 26C on Thursday, Friday sees the highs 20s or low 30s, with a good chance of over 30C on Saturday, with the London area around 31C.”

The reality was that temperatures came in well below the Met Office forecast. The highest recorded was 29.4C at Lossiemouth on Saturday, which also set the high on Friday. This, of course, was more than 3c cooler than the 1944 record.

(As this is in NE Scotland, there may be some sort of fohn effect there, as it is surrounded by mountains to the west and south).

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As far as the more representative Central England Temperature series is concerned, temperatures peaked at 26.4C on Friday, well below the record of 29.0C set 29th May 1944.

Indeed there were five days in the 1940s and 50s, when May temperatures topped 27C, something that has not been repeated since.


So, no records, and nothing unusual at all.

We await a retraction from the Telegraph!

  1. Don B permalink
    May 28, 2017 12:05 pm

    If the record set in 1922 and 1944 has not been matched in the intervening decades of anthropogenic global warming, AGW can’t be so terrible, can it?

    • May 28, 2017 4:32 pm

      AGW is a phony.

      Nearly as warm as a day at a similar time of year nearly a century ago – so what?

      • gallopingcamel permalink
        May 29, 2017 5:15 am

        Amen to that.

  2. dennisambler permalink
    May 28, 2017 12:07 pm

    It was interesting when watching the coverage of the Chelsea-Arsenal Cup Final yesterday, that the commentator noted that it was 5 degrees warmer inside Wembley stadium than it was outside. Global Warming in action, they should now start taking measurements there, records await!

    • dennisambler permalink
      May 28, 2017 12:09 pm

      They always trot out the Brighton beach picture, it has been used in previous reports of this nature.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 28, 2017 3:10 pm

        Even though it is usually cooler on the coasts thanks to sea breezes – ho hum.

  3. Dung permalink
    May 28, 2017 2:10 pm

    The bottom line here is that the temp record of the UK says absolutely nothing about global temps or global warming.

  4. Athelstan permalink
    May 28, 2017 2:50 pm

    What? and which public displays of gross stupidity, makes you laugh louder and harder?

    Either, the DT branch of global warming loonies sect, hysterical prognostications “warmest EVAH!” – ably aBETTed by the civil servants bed wetters anon’ organ and Wet Office shills.

    Or, looking like a bulldog whose just swallowed a wasp – the dial on Merkel, glowering fiercely on not getting her own way with the Paris climate stitch-up. Scheiß!! that naughty Donald Trump he won’t play ball with the NWO and ME!…………

    Shame. Bettter phone batman to Goldman sackfuls and bestist Soros lackey……………Barry Seumus O’barmy.

  5. Gerry, England permalink
    May 28, 2017 3:13 pm

    The MetO should also be hanging their head in shame – if they had any – as well as the Torygraph for providing the chance for them to peddle this drivel.

    • roger permalink
      May 28, 2017 10:41 pm

      It is some years since the Telegraph ceased to be the Torygraph.

      • Derek Buxton permalink
        May 29, 2017 9:28 am

        Now it tends to be the “failygraph” or the “dressmakers guide to dressing”.

  6. The Old Bloke permalink
    May 28, 2017 6:23 pm

    The Sun newspaper carried the same “Hottest Evah” on Friday. I have been monitoring the temperatures across the whole of the U.K. and at best (in an Urban Heat Island) only 28 degrees I could find. Heathrow Airport got a 25 degrees and our favourite in Gravesend barely got into the low 20’s! This has become an increasing trend, tell a story about “Highest Ever” and the narrative is set. Who would even bother to check up on the reality? (Enter Paul Homewood and a few others)

    • Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
      May 28, 2017 9:20 pm

      I logged 30 deg C in my garden Thursday 25th. 900 feet up in the North (Lake District). The gauge is not affected by any direct sunlight or radiative effects. Quite normal, I have had 34 in the past on occasion. Confirmed by my car thermometer as I drove to pub Thursday teatime – the gauge had stabilised and was reading 31 deg C. Most of the day it had been 26-28.
      I love it – bring it on!
      Nature blesses us sometimes.
      It is a long time since we had warm temperatures – it is usually so cold you would think we were going into another ice age.

      • Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
        May 29, 2017 11:40 am

        Correction – misread, 29 not 30. Checked data today.

      • Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
        May 29, 2017 7:03 pm

        And today – back to 11degrees this morning, 13 this evening. Natural variability – but not as welcome as warmth!!

  7. The Old Bloke permalink
    May 28, 2017 6:31 pm

    And while i’m here, did any Met Office warn us of the electrical storms we had across the U.K. on Saturday? Hardly your average thunderstorm. The two that ran side by side in Devon in the early hours of Saturday morning was something to behold. Never in my 63 years have I seen anything like this in the U.K. The two storms which held hands were logging 100 strikes PER MINUTE. Not a word in the press about this incredible weather event.

  8. catweazle666 permalink
    May 28, 2017 6:58 pm

    “The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
    – Prof. Chris Folland, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research.

    • Broadlands permalink
      May 28, 2017 7:59 pm

      To be fair to Chris… that quote goes back to 1992. Chris has explained that elsewhere, but it continues to be used. He is now retired.

    • gallopingcamel permalink
      May 29, 2017 5:35 am

      It amazes me that six of the G7 still support the “Carbon Mitigation” scam in spite of the demonstrated disasters in terms of the skyrocketing electricity prices documented on this blog.

      Thank God for Donald Trump. I used to be apathetic to politics as the US presidents over the last 24 years have all been owned by the “Donor Class”.

      Thanks to Donald Trump, “Stupid Government” may not survive. If he keeps delivering on his campaign promises he will go down in history as the BEST PRESIDENT EVAH!

  9. dearieme permalink
    May 28, 2017 7:55 pm

    “The warmest place in the country today and Saturday is likely to be Scotland.” What an odd way to phrase it: Scotland, Regent’s Park, just “places”. And hotter than Morocco too, another “place” that we must assume hot, even at 4,167 m altitude I suppose.

  10. Europeanonion permalink
    May 29, 2017 7:56 am

    I am still intermittently using central heating, which seems to fly in the face of localised phenomena. Statistics can be somewhat puerile when compared with experience. In my locality there has been a persistence of cool easterlies which have made garden sitting rather uncomfortable. It is only in recent days that one has felt inclined to sunbathe.

    There is something quite awful about the way that climate arguments have developed. Positions have been adopted and the whole imbroglio has become centred on the reverse engineering of facts to suit an hypothesis (rather using data, observation, to come to a conclusion) opposing enquiry!

    The slur about denial is something that if applied to the Holocaust would be reprehensible and, indeed, punishable. Denial, outside of certainty, is a term that is a hostage to fortune and will undoubtedly meet with the same attenuation, alteration and dispatching that could be associated with multiculturalism, an airy wave in the direction of your society not being a matter of personal experience. A practice of individuals that, in truth, cannot be coerced or legislated for. Something as nebulous as “I take as I find”. Something that speaks of stigma imposed by rule which must deal in generalities and is disinclined to defer to the complexity of human interaction.

    If it is that the policy of governments and blocs is based on their certainty then all we will get is the coercion of fact to fit the narrative. We will get the subversion of science and scientists to prove that which the political us demands. Fact will be a matter of money and control. To corrupt so much on the slenderest of record and interpretation is quite a frightening outcome. What government, once committed, will spend cash on someone disputing their views? Oh for the gentleman scientist of private means.

    To have certainty in a world of so many working parts flies in the face of discovery and the surprises it is want to mete-out (the inept contrivance of Phlogiston which merely represented an area of weakly investigated ignorance). It means that the phenomenon of falsehood in the generality of our activities is, in itself, a choice of what others want us to believe or, oddly, hold at a personal level as being an incontrovertible truth and that their assumption of fact is actually the nub of deceitfulness and the engine of propaganda for whatever reason.

    It is rather chilling to perceive a broadcaster such as the BBC choosing to ignore counter arguments (especially when the fact that the BBC is viewed overseas as an instrument of the Government). That the BBC should have garnered all the experts in every field who also happen to be journalists is implausible and has contrived a position where people used to presenting the view of their editor can be assumed to be issuing certainty rather than unaligned commentary. To think that our lives are represented through the eyes of people who spend their lives looking for an ‘exclusive’ is contrary to science and provides the muscle of their certainties.

    • dave permalink
      May 29, 2017 9:19 am

      “But how CAN you talk to a person if they always say the same thing?”

      The Oxford logician Charles Dodgson, pretending to be a trivial jester named Lewis Carroll,

      • dave permalink
        May 29, 2017 9:27 am

        A slowish melt this year:

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