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Question marks over new French record temperature

June 30, 2019

By Paul Homewood


Just to update the so called record temperature of 45.9c in France at Gallargues.


It turns out that the roadside site is no longer used. It was thought that a rooftop thermometer had replaced it, but this is an amateur station. The official one is near a cave.


Tony Heller has a video summarising matters, along with archive records showing higher temperatures in the past:


But the intriguing thing is that the rooftop site only recorded a high of 44.2c, despite its evident unsuitability. How then can the official site read 45.9c, when it is only a few hundred yards away? Moreover it is much higher than temperatures recorded nearby, such as Nimes.

Clearly the new record lacks all credibility. I find it astonishing that any Met Office would declare a record, particularly without any investigation first.

  1. June 30, 2019 10:42 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Athelstan. permalink
    June 30, 2019 11:25 am

    The Met office muppetry.

    Is an advocacy, nothing else and climastrology is their vehicle and to proclaim the alarmist agenda.

    What is this, ha @ 33.9º C! on Heathrow runway, once again the ultimate UHI temp gauge announced as the hottest evah and again.

    Would it not, be a fascinating comparison, if some keen amateur meteorologist could keep a check in some leafy garden in Hounslow, Colnbrook or Sipson even better. What’s the betting that yesterday Temp’s in West London only hovered circa 29 or 30. After all, even the muppets in the Met office freely admit that, the greater London area, its Heat Island effect is equal to lifting the ambient air temps by circa 3-4 degrees C.

    • June 30, 2019 11:58 am

      Go to the weather observations website “WOW” of the Met Office. There are hundreds of amateur stations, some inappropriately sited, some malfunctioning, etc. Someone registered 44 in Woking. Mebbe the Martians were using their heat ray.

  3. Gerry, England permalink
    June 30, 2019 11:25 am

    Not really that astonishing if Meteo France have signed up to the scam like our own Met Office have. I wonder how the MetO justify 3 days for a heatwave while the WMO states it is five days.

  4. Ariane permalink
    June 30, 2019 11:51 am

    Atmospheric temperatures over a country vary everywhere. See ‘Taken By Storm’ by Dr. Christopher Essex and Dr.Ross McKitrick. The media hypes up and lies to make apocalyptic-sounding and emotional stories. The Met Office as part of the World Meteorological Organization is signed up to the scam since the late 1970s.

  5. June 30, 2019 11:58 am

    I haven’t noticed any national records being shattered in Spain. Has anyone? This plume of very hot air from the Sahara traveled across Spain before it hit France. If it was truly, uniquely, super hot, then surely it would have broken at least a few records in Spain too. According to Wiki, no record high temperature was set in Spain or Portugal this year. Germany and Poland managed to just edge over their previous highs. France seems to be unique in shattering its previous record high temperature. Maybe the Saharan bubble sneaked in across the Med from Tunisia direction? Probably not. Corsica did not get hotter than the current record set in 1983. Hmmm.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    June 30, 2019 12:38 pm

    Does anyone know when and where the previous French record high was recorded…and what caused it?

  7. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 30, 2019 12:48 pm

    Meanwhile I noted in Germany:

    The top temperature on Tuesday in Germany was in Düsseldorf: at 36.8C some way short of the record of 40.3C. The location of course was at the start of one of the airport runways, and likely influenced by jet engine exhausts.

  8. June 30, 2019 12:53 pm

    The official one is near a cave.
    You have a mis-translation there
    “cave” is the French word for wine cellar ..which can actually mean wine storage warehouse

  9. Gamecock permalink
    June 30, 2019 1:06 pm

    Identical situation in South Carolina in 2012. A new state record temperature was declared. The station was CRN-3 at best, in urban Columbia.

    I like the word Athelstan used: advocacy. It was political; all parties WANTED a record. Professional weather people and the state climatologist were involved; they couldn’t not know about UHI.

    My complaint to the governor’s office was unanswered.

    • Broadlands permalink
      June 30, 2019 1:33 pm

      Gamecock… The NCDC lists the maximum temperature in South Carolina at 94.1°F in 1952. 2012 was only 75.8°F. The 94.1°F was recorded in June of 1952. In June of 2012 the maximum was 86°F.

      • Gamecock permalink
        June 30, 2019 1:58 pm

        Sir, your knowledge of SC weather is lacking. It was 95°F here YESTERDAY. Looking for 98 Wednesday.

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 1, 2019 10:43 pm

        The Blackville record from 1925 had stood for 87 years.

        Get into Google Earth. Enter location “Bates house, bull street.” Swing pic 90 degrees to the east. That’s the weather station, 40 yards north of the dorm. 20 yards from the rail road bed. 25 yards from the parking area.

        Zoom out. Look how damn urban it is.

        That’s the station that professional meteorologists and climatologists said was acceptable for a state record temperature.

        I’m embarrassed for my state.

  10. June 30, 2019 1:07 pm

    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”

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

    Jaime says that the 30 in brackets shows the altitude
    and that it is that rooftop site that it 30m above seal level

    But when I check other locations the bracket figure doesn’t exactly correspond to the altitude

    • June 30, 2019 3:36 pm

      Hypothesis: The “30” might refer to the number of the province (or ‘department’ as the French prefer to call it). Gallargues is in the province of Gard which has the department number of ’30’.

    • Francis permalink
      July 1, 2019 4:37 pm

      The precise time (1620hrs) at which the highest temperature was recorded makes me wonder if this is an automatic station.

  11. June 30, 2019 2:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  12. Paul H permalink
    June 30, 2019 4:58 pm

    Meanwhile oop North (Preston) yesterday, Saturday, was nothing unusual and today I’ve felt the need for a pullover.

  13. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 30, 2019 7:31 pm

    I was in South-West France last week and experienced the hot weather. It was truly a plume of hot air – everywhere was hot, even quite deep shade that would usually be cool in the summer sun. There eas niwhere that was cool. It could also be pretty localised – I drove from 38 degrees near Bergerac to 22 degrees in Bordeaux, a distance of around 120km in an hour or so.

    It was clearly a weather phenomenon, not a summer day made hotter by climate change, and so the records seem pretty irrelevant – its air made hot elsewhere and dragged up, nothing to do with France as such.

  14. Fudsdad permalink
    June 30, 2019 9:23 pm

    Fraudulent Countryfile weather man Chris Fawkes said that the French high temperature beat the previous record by 5 degrees centigrade!! I realised afterwards that he meant the record for that particular site, but it sounded to the viewer as if it were for the entire country.

  15. July 1, 2019 8:35 am

    FYI, Interesting reply from UK Met office via their “official” Twitter feed…

  16. July 1, 2019 9:57 am

    The next tweet in that thread.
    The Met Office in a bind there

    • July 1, 2019 9:59 am

      They replied
      \\ Hi JWS, I will pass your feedback media team meteorologists.
      We appreciate you input.
      Thanks ^chrism //

  17. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 1, 2019 12:15 pm

    There’s an ‘explanation’ here (sorry if repost) found via wiki, use translate obviously.

    It says the station is grade 3 (1 to 5) so not very good, even if it hasn’t degraded.

    You can make your own conclusions, but I can’t see them discounting the record – the other 45+C site would have to be discredited too.

  18. Ivan permalink
    July 1, 2019 2:46 pm

    Some further intelligent discussion here, including a map showing three 45+ reports in the valley.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 1, 2019 7:36 pm

      The essential problem is the constant pushing of the climate change message in the MSM – every bit of weather is frantically put up as actual evidence or it is heavily insinuated that there is a correlation.

      If the MSM commented rationally and impartially and explained that these temperature records mean nothing if you aren’t comparing the same instrument in the same unaltered location by the same methods, and that historic press articles strongly indicate that this temperature is actually nowhere near a record, then people wouldn’t be inclined to believe it is probably dubious.

    • July 1, 2019 10:28 pm

      OK that Wunderground article did shed some light on a couple of things I had been wondering about, but . . .
      1/ While it mentioned the possible error source of the canal, it completely omitted the large factory and trucking yard about 100 years due north. (And which way was the wind blowing that day?)

      2/ It also failed to mention that the weather station is sometimes surrounded by very close cropped vegetation (as n the MeteoFrance metadata), while at other times it is surrounded by tall weeds – as in the Streetview record.,4.1710011,3a,15y,53.45h,88.35t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMGMw0O5X6gsrJFLt2wwv5A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

      • July 1, 2019 10:29 pm

        Correction. 100 yards – not “100 years”!

  19. Geronimo permalink
    July 1, 2019 3:02 pm

    I’m not. Where once forecasting the future was the work of charlatans and mountebanks the mantle has now passed to nice middle class lads and lasses who have passed through an educational system that would have turned out Maggie Thatcher as left wing and convinced of her virtue. The Met Office is to science graduates is what the BBC is to arts graduates. Uniformly left-wing, middle class and lacking in the diversity in class, colour and creed their sense of virtue believes should be present in all strata of society. Saving the world is a mighty task and is worth a few “Mrs Gamp’s bed’s* to fulfil that objective.

    *” The room was commodious, if you ignored the presence of the bed.” Charles Dickens

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