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Cold, Heavy Rain, Floods–Extreme Weather In June 1971!

July 7, 2021

By Paul Homewood



By contrast with the warm, sunny Junes of 1951 and 61, June 1971 was cold and wet, with snow as well in the Scottish Highlands.

Southern England was hardest hit by the rain, with many places seeing more than a month’s worth of rain falling in a day.

The heavy rain led to damage to hay crops and local flooding.

Across the UK, only five Junes have been colder in records dating back to 1884. (The coldest, incidentally, was in 1972):






  1. tom0mason permalink
    July 7, 2021 3:07 pm

    Yes I remember June 1971, it was a huge wash out down in Parkstone/Poole in Dorset where I was living at the time. Soaked through just about everyday as I trudged out to my part-time job.

    Trevor Harley gives so fascinating insights to past weather events (
    His take on June 1971 at says …

    1971 Cold (12.4C CET) and wet; it was also very dull. The first week was fairly dry. The second week was exceptionally cold and wet, particularly in the south. The temperature was only 8C in the Midlands on the 9th, and there was a local frost in the north. Rain broke out on the 8th, with snow on the Cairngorms.
    On the 10th a depression gave more rain: 82 mm of rain fell in 36 hours at Ventnor (IOW). There was flooding in Bournemouth, and flooding further north on the 11th. More very cold, wet weather on the 14th; 60 mm of rain in 36 hours in mid-Kent with temperatures around 10C. Snow on the Pennines, with frosts later. More rain on the 18th, and another cool day. The second half of the month was a little better. At Gorleston (Norfolk) and Stonyhurst (Lancs.) the maximum was less than 15C on 17 days of the month. Many places failed to reach 21C once during the month.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 7, 2021 6:33 pm

      Great! Finally find someone who lived in Parkstone around my time there – although in 1971 the RAF decided they’d prefer I went to Chester.
      Happy memories of my late teens spent working for Forte in Poole Park. Thanks for refreshing some memories. 🙂

  2. Jack Broughton permalink
    July 7, 2021 3:42 pm

    “Climate Scientists” (oxymoron) seem to believe that the climate only changed after the global cooling scare of the 1960s. Any weather event that is unusual proves climate change ………. unless it doesn’t, when it is just weather. I wonder how many of them have ever looked at climate history as recorded by observers rather than relatively recent instruments, or even the works of HH Lamb?

  3. David Roby permalink
    July 7, 2021 4:02 pm

    Later in that summer I spent 6 weeks geologically mapping in the Kinloch Rannoch area of Perthshire – it was blisteringly hot!

  4. David McCobb permalink
    July 7, 2021 4:15 pm

    June 1944 was pretty awful too. The storms destroyed the Mulberry Harbour (Mulberry B) at Omaha Beach and nearly destroyed Mulberry A used by the British and Canadian forces. Nevertheless, that harbour managed to supply the US forces as well.
    Unfortunately that’s just history; something we don’t teach in schools anymore.

  5. Vanessa permalink
    July 7, 2021 4:34 pm

    Yes, I have said this year has reminded me of the summers in the 970s. I hope there are no more of them. They were cold and then, I think the 1980s summers were wonderful !!!??

    • David Wild permalink
      July 7, 2021 6:27 pm

      However, 1976 was a total scorcher. The spell of hot weather in 1976 lasted from mid-June to the end of August and apparently included 15 consecutive days where a maximum temperature of 32C or more was enjoyed in at least one part of the country. Bewl reservoir in Kent dried up completely. I remember it well, as we were selling our house at the time – nil points ‘cos everyone was at the beach. Aah.

      • Micky R permalink
        July 7, 2021 10:33 pm

        1975 wasn’t too bad either, but always in the shadow of ’76, although there was snow in England in June ’75

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        July 9, 2021 12:50 am

        A really amazing thing about the summer of 1976 was that I actually spun the car I was driving off a road on the ice (yes ice) on the early morning of the 1st of August. Secondly with regard to 1975 it actually snowed in the early hours of my birthday….23rd June but went on to be almost as good as 1976!

    • dave permalink
      July 8, 2021 7:53 am

      “…reminded me of the summers in the 970s…”

      That’s impressive!

    • Stonyground permalink
      July 9, 2021 8:15 am

      My recollection of the second half of the 1980s was of cycling to and from work and constantly getting rained on. In my bit of the world, East Yorkshire, there was a whole series of dismal summers. It got to the point where I was seriously considering leaving the country to go and live somewhere a bit hotter.

  6. Penda100 permalink
    July 7, 2021 8:57 pm

    Just wondering how the BBC would report another month like June 1971. Extreme weather, climate change, fossil fuels bad, renewables good etc etc.

  7. C Lynch permalink
    July 7, 2021 10:35 pm

    1975 was a really good summer here in Ireland – spent the summer in a caravan on the West Coast of Ireland – I can remember it being too hot to sleep properly on most nights. 1976 was even better.

    • daveR permalink
      July 8, 2021 12:01 am

      Similar summers too in a Thomson caravan up and around. As a wee sprachler, it was some stuff shifting between Caithness and Sutherland to Skye and Cuillins.sometimes to Tiighnabruich

  8. Athelstan permalink
    July 8, 2021 8:24 am

    Second warmunist June since records began, in Europe?

    eustats and warmest evah June in the North America continent according to this;

    An international team of 27 climate researchers who are part of the World Weather Attribution network managed to analyse the data in just eight days.

    Unsurprisingly, given the quick turnaround, the research has not yet been peer-reviewed. However, the scientists use well-established methods accepted by top journals.

    They used 21 climate models to estimate how much climate change influenced the heat experienced in the area around the cities of Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.

    “analyse the date in just eight days” but two minutes before the analysis began they’d already made up their minds.

    Hmm, would they lie to us?

    • C Lynch permalink
      July 8, 2021 2:08 pm

      Peculiar given that June was. 01°C below average worldwide?!?
      You’d begin to wonder if we’ve reached the point where they just make it up to chime with the narrative as they go along, knowing that all the power choke points are in their control and that no one is going to question it other than people like us who are of no consequence to them anyway.

  9. Farmer Sooticle permalink
    July 8, 2021 4:16 pm

    If you think it’s bad here, what about Ireland, they are knocking down two “pristine” power stations only built in 2004/5 to replace them with “renewable energy centres”. Then they realized they might run low on electricity in the cold winter months so they are rushing through emergency legislation to bypass planning laws to build emergency (fossil fuel) generators!

  10. July 8, 2021 9:24 pm

    Oh :
    How the BBC let climate deniers walk all over it
    by George Monbiot
    The fossil-fuel multinationals fund ‘thinktanks’ and ‘research institutes’.
    But it’s gullible public service broadcasters that give them credibility”

    Published 12 hour ago, but already
    ” This discussion is now closed for comments but you can still sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion next time”

    • July 8, 2021 10:16 pm

      Actually they got 1,000 comments then locked the gates after only 4.5 hours
      Opened at 8am then “Comments will close here at 12:30 BST.”

  11. July 8, 2021 9:54 pm

    Channel put out 5 PR tweets for this conspiracy theory story that we are all bombarded by websites funded by oil corps pushing climate scepticism.
    They have minimal likes ..53


    • July 8, 2021 9:55 pm

      Ah another story from same reporter from a few days earlier July 1st
      “On Channel 4 News tonight our Washington DC correspondent @siobhankennedy4
      talks to @AOC about our and Greenpeace UK investigation into Exxon and lobbyists. watch at 7pm”

      ha, I always suspected PRasNews cutNpaste from Greenpeace

      • July 8, 2021 10:44 pm

        yes but is this methane a fossil fuel? This hydrocarbon might have been recycled by life on Earth a few times, but my guess is hydrocarbons have always been here, just waiting to be released into the atmosphere to cause the end of life on earth!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 9, 2021 8:20 am

      Its a scandal – a business that provides hundreds of millions with stuff that’s reliable, cheap and safe legally promotes its product.

      Evil of the worst kind.

  12. July 9, 2021 8:13 am

    “BBC-induced Climate Disinformation”
    isn’t that what Harra gives us in almost every BBC news prog these days
    as they steps up their relentless Climate Alarmism campaign ahead of COP26.

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