Skip to content

UK Summer 2017

September 6, 2017

By Paul Homewood


A quick run through the Met Office data for this summer:


UK Mean daily maximum temp - Summer


Max temperatures in the UK ranked a  distinctly unimpressive 30th highest since 1910, despite a hot spell in June.

There is a distinct contrast with minimum temperatures, which show this year as 6th highest and a steadily rising trend. This yet again raises questions about the impact of UHI, and whether the Met Office is properly allowing for it.


UK Mean daily minimum temp - Summer


Rainfall was well above average, though not abnormally so.


UK Rainfall - Summer

It was mainly Scotland that seems to have been affected by higher rainfall, with England not much above average:

England Rainfall - Summer

In short, just another typical British summer, changeable, nice in parts – the sort we have had for decades.

  1. Chris, Leeds permalink
    September 6, 2017 10:26 am

    Nice to see that the Met Office forecasts for increasingly drier summers in England, with longer droughts is so accurate (sarc!). And yet the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) even this year still published its ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ and the BBC and RHS gardening shows still focused this summer on gardens that tolerate drought….! Meanwhile, in the real world, the data in the graph above show pretty much the same old, same old, mix of summers – and, if anything, a recent pattern of wetter summers! Yet the Met Office and BBC and others continue to cling to what their computer models tell them…..

    • Tim Hammond permalink
      September 6, 2017 10:36 am

      And if anything a slightly rising trend in rainfall!

  2. Chris Lynch permalink
    September 6, 2017 6:02 pm

    Same here in Ireland – a typically unsettled summer with average temperatures. We had a couple of isolated warm spells in June and July which were greeted with the usual breathless hyperbole and warnings that droughts were going to become more common by the Irish met and media – followed by a sullen silence when normal service was quickly resumed.

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    September 6, 2017 7:13 pm

    Shock-horror AGW causes the UK and Ireland to have the usual unexciting summer weather!

  4. September 7, 2017 9:26 am

    ‘the impact of UHI, and whether the Met Office is properly allowing for it’

    Good point. Given their strong desire to promote warming one has to wonder.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: