By Paul Homewood
I’ll take a closer look at the summer just gone once the Met Office has all the data out.
But I have done some analysis on daily max temps for the Central England Temperature series.
First, an update of a graph I did a couple of months ago, which was just for June.
This one plots all daily maximum temperatures during the summer:
Although the summers of 1975, 1976, 1990 and 2003 stand out, there appears to be nothing exceptional about summer temperatures since.
Zooming in on the days with temperatures of 29C and over, no year has got remotely close to 1976 for the sheer intensity of the heat that summer.
The record temperature of 33.2C was set in 1976, and equalled in 1990. In the last decade, the nearest was 32.7C in 2015.
The highest temperature this year was 29.8C, only the 49th highest one recorded since 1878.
The Met Office have been telling us for years that severe heatwaves would soon become the norm.
Isn’t time that they admitted they are wrong?