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Hottest Highway On Record In France!

June 29, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Good spot from Tony Heller.

France Meteo reckon they have a new all time high temperature at Gallargues:




The only problem is that the weather station is sat bang next to the busy N113 highway!





It now appears that this weather station is no longer in use.

Please see today’s post for further ifo

  1. June 29, 2019 10:20 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. David Parker permalink
    June 29, 2019 10:24 am

    This would be outside the correct exposure for a British Met Office station, both in front and behind. (looks like concrete). Not the Stevenson screen we use either.

  3. Malcolm Bell permalink
    June 29, 2019 10:59 am

    This is a clear example of the pseudo-science of “warming”. Added to McDonnel’s comments about delisting companies who don’t comply with carbon cutting regulation has caused me to wonder:-

    The Remainers, largely the same congregation as the greens, are emphasising the consequent economic catastrophe of leaving the EU. But those same people say nothing about the very much greater catastrophe of their energy strategy.

    Leaving the EU will require some adjustment and short term (ten years maybe) challenges from which we will more than recover and actually prosper. Rapid de-carbonising as proposed (wind generators, solar farms and batteries) will cause deep and permanent (more than a generation) economic and consequent social damage not to mention physical environmental (massive new mines etc) from which we cannot more than partially recover and will never prosper. It will certainly solve the immigration situation: people will leave in droves.

    So, “greening” will be much worse than “leaving”. But, no one is telling these people. Why not? Who, deep down, is guiding this conversation?

    Could it possibly be McDonnell’s masters the Russians? Putin has everything to gain from this situation. The Russians we know hugely sponsored the Unions in the 70s to attack capitalism. Are they now sponsoring the left again in the Press and Academia directly and indirectly, to attack capitalism again? Is that how the balance of risks is being tipped?

    A conspiracy theory you say? Yes, but does that make it wrong? Think about it.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 29, 2019 12:14 pm

      Putin is a capitalist who does things to make money and has nothing to do with Corbyn’s jew hating party. They fund anti-fracking groups here, across Europe and in the US to protect Gazprom and the money they make from selling gas. They joined with Saudi in trying to price out fracked oil from the US but failed as fracking is onshore and doesn’t have the off-shore costs so is easier to stop and start when the price is right. Like the Chinese they encourage the great scam as it suits them for the EU to be reliant on their gas.

    • Don Brown permalink
      July 1, 2019 10:09 am

      Follow the money and you will find the source of agw! Start by looking up Maurice Strong, the father of global warming, this will start the journey!

  4. Pancho Plail permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:04 pm

    I must confess I have been concerned at the sources of the data being used to make these claims, especially when TV cameras point at digital displays on the fronts of shops, in full sun, and offer this as evidence.
    I have been trying to find historical records of French weather stations over time but am still looking.
    However, Piers Corbyn has tweeted about an Australian newspaper headline from August 1930 showing Paris recording 122F, 8F above the current “record”.
    Intriguingly, the article says it is the highest recorded late August Paris temperature since 1870!
    The unspoken implication is that there may have been even higher temperatures at other dates than late August.
    I have a pic but don’t know how to post it.

  5. June 29, 2019 12:09 pm

    Anomaly Klaxon : Is there something non-standard about that weather station that would make its France Record Temperature recording 1.5C higher than nearby stations* ?
    Yep in a dip next to highway close to metal link fencing glass-house & sheltered from breeze by trees

    * MeteoCiel
    there is a record temp, but 1.5C lower
    Nîmes – Courbessac (30) 44.4 °C
    Nîmes – Garons (30) 44.1 °C

    I wonder if super-heated air is flowing out of that glass house towards the station,4.2593928,3a,60y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVxprvN6pCBEKNrXcEpMIEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  6. June 29, 2019 12:11 pm

    The Open Weather data records for ‘Montpellier-Mediterranee Airport, FR’ for 28 July show –
    On their main website they write –
    /We are glad to invite you to join our network of private weather stations. Today we have more than 40,000 weather stations around the world. You can connect your weather station to OpenWeatherMap and get a convenient interface for gathering and monitoring data from your weather station. You can also embed your weather station data into your home page/
    These folks will all have their own motivations, but perhaps some distrust official records.

  7. June 29, 2019 12:17 pm

    “Weather Is Not Climate”
    they said last week when it was snowing
    … #LibLand #DoubleStandards,
    h/t Tony Heller

  8. Gerry, England permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:47 pm

    And Le Grand Elephant dans la salle? Records go back to 1947!!!!! Yep, so no record of the 1930s which contains a huge number of record highs.

    Having found it and looked at it if you go through the years you can see how things have varied around the station. I do have a question though – is this the right place as it seems to be outside a place called Uchaud which is a way from Gallargues-le-Montueux. Have we got the right place?

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:55 pm

    I commented on the other thread about this, well done Tony, I couldn’t find the actual station – but suspected it was dodgy as dozens of close by stations all around peaked at 44C.

  10. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:58 pm

    We had a “record” high temperature in Adelaide this past summer.
    The equipment was modern but sited almost where Sir Charles Todd selected as an ideal site in the West Parklands. (This was abandoned in the 1970’s as Adelaide’s weather station but recently moved back there, with -off the top of my head- a drop in max. temperatures of 0.6℃). The previous maximum was set in 1939 a hot dry year noted for huge bushfires across SE Australia.
    The possible ‘breakthrough’ of the old record was heralded as possibly coming for days in advance by the ABC (BBC-lite) and sure enough it happened. It didn’t get anywhere near at the 30 minute mark**, and was past it at the 50 minute mark** (I missed the 40 minute mark) and at the next hour, so the record hot spell MIGHT have lasted 6 minutes. Curiously none of the stations East, West, North or South recorded anything like that record**.

    There are one or two suspicious minds in Adelaide. (the new site has a 4 lane highway to the airport about 100 metres to the north, replacing a 2 lane infrequently used road).

    ** by over one ℃

  11. Mack permalink
    June 29, 2019 1:08 pm

    Newsflash – the rivers Seine, Loire and Rhine have all run dry due to man made global warming. Oh wait, that was in 1303/4. Em, must’ve just been the weather then. Just like the bit of hot weather that killed 200,000 in France in 1831. I could go on. There is nothing ‘unprecedented’ about hot temps in France in Summer. Yawn…..

  12. JimW permalink
    June 29, 2019 1:36 pm

    The Times is apparently censoring comments regarding this site on one of its articles today. That is the 3rd time it has done this in the last 2 weeks.
    You expect the Guardian to do this, but now the Times….!

    • June 29, 2019 1:43 pm

      Or 1540

      the heat wave was ferocious. The number of days with temperatures over 30°C (86°F) was at least three times as great as usual. Wells and springs dried up that had never done so before. A Swiss chronicler reported that not a drop of water could be found even a metre and a half below the beds of many streambeds. Even some major rivers became small enough to be crossed on foot. In 2003 the volume of water in the Elbe river was about half the usual amount; the researchers estimate that in 1540 it was only atenth of the usual amount. Middle Europe as a whole is estimated to have received only about a third as much precipitation as usual.
      General warmth over Europe during the spring & summer of 1540. For England, there are several references to a hot summer, with great heat & drought; also many deaths due to the ‘Ague’. In this year (1540), there was so little water flowing in the Seine through Paris that people were able to walk across. (The next warm summer of equal worth is possibly that of 2003!) (also noted in usw via Holland .. ” 1540 is described in contemporary chronicles as the ‘Big Sun Year’; the lower part of the Rhine from Cologne into the Netherlands is ‘dry’ – it didn’t rain over Italy, with Rome dry for something like 9 months. Forest/city fires, with many people dying of heat stroke, heart failure etc.”)

  13. June 29, 2019 1:36 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Whilst every instance of heat no matter how dodgy the record, be it a car park, ice cream van exhaust or French highways, cold is routinely ignored. The loopy jetstream is exactly what you’d expect with low solar activity (zero sunspots today)

  14. June 29, 2019 2:09 pm

    This comment is off topic but, –

    Will we start to see more IPCC criticism like this (prior to 1.5 degree C)?

    “Challenging the scientific basis of the Paris climate agreement”
    The obvious culprit is the sun, which has shown a rather strong decrease in its
    activity (Ollila, 2017b). If the present temperature pause continues, there is no need to rush
    into a strong reduction of GH gas emissions.
    / (In the conclusions)

    [Even the BBC admit 1.5 degree C is political –

  15. Andy Penney permalink
    June 29, 2019 3:30 pm

    This has been discussed at
    One poster there has this meteofrance link to the location
    From that it seems it was located at the autoroute until 2002, but since then has been at the cave cooperative which looks a lot better

  16. June 29, 2019 5:30 pm

    Hold your horses! Not so fast!
    Sorry to be a pain, Paul, but you really ought to fact-check this picture of a Stevenson screen beside a road etc. It is NOWHERE NEAR Gallargues! (it is nearer to Nimes)

    The coordinates given here . . . (coordinates 43.72167 N 04.17333 E)
    are here . .,4.1728979,155m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en
    – about halfway down the “Rue de Moulin d’Huile”.

    I doubt if the commenter at “Steven Goddard” ever claimed it was the actual measurement site. He was just pointing-out the general poor quality of the weather stations in that region.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 29, 2019 6:56 pm

      Regardless, that area is extraordinary for its lack of greenery, it’s almost entirely covered in man-made building materials – it could not possibly be considered meteorologically or scientifically significant/valid.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        June 29, 2019 7:09 pm

        Tony has a video on this carp record nonsense.

        You are right, the actual temp. was record from an even worse site!

      • MrGrimnasty permalink
        June 29, 2019 7:29 pm


        Even worse, it seems the max was acually 44.1 and someone has reported the ‘feels like’ temperature as actual.

        Makes sense, as I said way above, 44C was the general level in the area.

      • June 29, 2019 11:43 pm

        I guess Tony Heller will get there in the end as to which is the right station
        The chart for the rooftop one does indeed show a “feels like” of 45.9C but then other times much higher feel like so why didn’t they lift those ?

    • June 30, 2019 3:07 am

      At WUWT someone has indeed found Meteo-France metadata for a weather station at Gallargues (ID = 30123001) – it is right beside a canal next to a cooperative winery and a large packaging factory. Check this out . . .

      Click to access fiche_30123001.pdf

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        June 30, 2019 5:49 pm

        OMG OMG no one knows what’s happening now!

  17. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 29, 2019 6:45 pm

    The top temperatures recorded in the UK today 32 to 34C were at :-

    London / Heathrow Airport
    London City Airport
    Brize Norton
    Fairford Royal Air Force Base
    Staverton Private

    How is measuring ever increasing concrete/tarmac allowed for ‘records’.
    How can it tell us anything about climate change?
    Why are the top temperatures often in the same places?

    The BBC had to settle for ‘one of the hottest June (well barely) days in the last 40 years’, you could hear the disappointment in the presenter’s voice.

  18. June 29, 2019 6:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  19. June 30, 2019 8:36 am

    Heller has pulled the videos he made in light of the fact of the confusion about the actual station which measured 45.9C. What bothers me is the station on the rooftop – regardless of whether one deems it to be ‘correctly’ sited or not – registered a max of 44.1C at half hourly intervals around 5pm. It was 44.1C at 1700 (‘feels like’ 45.9C) and 44.1C at 1730. Obviously, the max occurred some time between 5pm and 5 30pm. It seems highly unlikely this was the station which measured 45.9C because the temperature would have needed to peak suddenly almost two degrees above 44.1C some time between 1700 and 1730. So what station in Gallargues (not a huge place) registered 45.9C, and why, when a nearby station only recorded a max of 44.1C? Will the correct maximum temperature please stand up.

    • June 30, 2019 8:46 am

      The rooftop station, if you zoom in on the location, appears to be right on the edge of town, so maybe this explains why it didn’t record the maximum temperature at Gallargues, which of course begs the question, if an edge of town station registered just 44.1C, was the ‘record’ due more to increasing urbanisation than actual meteorological conditions?

  20. June 30, 2019 9:07 am

    Here is Meteo France source page
    The first thing I note is the temp was recorded at a specific time
    “On a atteint les 45,9 °C à Gallargues-le-Montueux, à l’ouest du Gard, à 16 h 20”
    (note the full name of the station)

    Secondly it gives other sites with almost as high temperature
    I wonder if these are amateur sites ?

  21. Joseph Sharp permalink
    June 30, 2019 12:11 pm

    Anyone who watches Formula 1 on TV will have noticed that track temperatures are often more than 20°C higher than ambient temperatures. It must have something to do with the tarmac!

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