Think It’s Hot Now? How Britain Roasted in TEN-WEEK Heatwave During Summer of ’76

From NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Amid the hysteria over the coming heatwave, the Mail reminds us all about the really roasting summer of 1976:

Wildfires have raged, speed restrictions have been imposed on some railway lines and hospitals have already declared ‘critical incidents’.

The hot weather in Britain this summer is set to peak next week, when the mercury could top 39C (102F) in London.

The current non-stop sunshine has evoked memories of the summer of 1976, when there were 15 consecutive days that saw temperatures of 89.6F (32C) somewhere in the UK.

Overall, there were ten weeks of blazing heat that saw widespread drought, mass standpipe use, and even the pausing of the murder trial of the notorious ‘Black Panther’, after a woman suffering from ‘heat exhaustion’ collapsed.

During a First Division football match between Manchester City and Aston Villa, City player collectively lost four stone in weight, prompting the team’s captain to call for an end to ‘summer soccer’.

At that year’s Wimbledon tennis championships, umpires were allowed to remove their jackets for the first time in living memory, whilst major roads were littered with broken-down cars that had overheated.

The extreme weather also caused an increase in the number of 999 callouts to domestic disturbances, as tempers buckled due to the heat.

The summer of 1976 was caused in part by very hot air that had originated in the Mediterranean. The warm weather and lack of rain began on June 23 and did not abate for more than a month.

The highest temperature recorded in the summer was on July 3, when the mercury hit 96.6F (35.9C) in Cheltenham. The average maximum daily temperature was 67.8F (19.9C).

At the Wimbledon championships, where Bjorn Borg would go on to win the first of his five titles and a young Sue Barker made it to the quarter-finals, 400 people were treated for ‘exposure to the sun’ in a single day.

The conditions were what prompted officials to relax the strict dress code for umpires for the first time since the tournament began nearly 100 years earlier.

The trial of kidnapper Donald Nielson, who was nicknamed the Black Panther and was accused of murdering a 17-year-old woman, had to be suspended at Oxford Crown Court when a woman in the public gallery fainted

In the House of Commons, bar staff walked out in protest when officials refused to allow a similar relaxation in costume rules that would have allowed them to remove their traditional green jackets.

Above them, the Big Ben clock on what is now named the Elizabeth Tower suffered what was its only major breakdown due to metal fatigue caused by the heat. It took three weeks for the clock to be fixed.

Elsewhere, dozens of people desperately dived into the water of Trafalgar Square’s fountains in an attempt to cool off. 

As well as the weight loss seen in the football match between Manchester City and Aston Villa, the Metropolitan Police dealt with 600 more daily calls to domestic disturbances than normal.

As the drought worsened, a strict hosepipe ban was imposed in most places and residents were encouraged to alert the authorities if their neighbours used any water unnecessarily.

Showers instead of baths were encouraged, with the latter only allowed if there was no more than 5inches of water in the tub. 

The drought was worsened by the fact that there had been a lack of rainfall the previous summer, meaning reservoirs and rivers were already low.

The lack of water prompted fires to break out. As well as blazes in Essex and Yorkshire, 300 residents in an old people’s home in the New Forest had to be evacuated when a wild fire took hold nearby.

Farmers struggled too as thousands of acres of crops failed, prompting concerns that there would be huge increases in the price of food.

Street traders in London’s Hyde Park were slammed for charging the grossly inflated price of 40p for a bottle of Coca-Cola, even though they were costing 22p in the Dorchester Hotel across the road.

The weather also caused problems for couples, prompting a newspaper to give them advice on how to keep cool in the bedroom.

The drought became so severe that the then Labour government, led by James Callaghan, considered getting water by tanker from Norway.

Legislation – the Drought Act of 1976 – was passed in rapid time to both impose a nationwide hosepipe ban and to grant the government emergency powers that allowed them to reduce or turn off water supplies to industry.

The then sports minister, Dennis Howell, was made the new minister for drought. 

In Wales, the mains water supply was switched off for up to 17 hours a day.

Each standpipe – an outdoor tap installed on streets – that people had to use was shared between 20 homes.

By late August, there were only 90 days’ of water supply left in London. In Leeds, the figure was 80.

It prompted t-shirt manufacturers to start selling clothes bearing the slogan: ‘Save Water – Bath With A Friend’.

Thanks to the dry reservoirs and sections of rivers, fish died in their thousands, whilst birds died of botulism – a disease caused by stagnant, de-oxygenated water.

The heat also caused an invasion of ladybirds, with their numbers so high that they were often unavoidably crushed underfoot. 

The heat on stricken trains on the London Underground became so severe that people took to smashing train windows. 

The trial of kidnapper Donald Nielson, who was nicknamed the Black Panther and was accused of murdering a 17-year-old woman, had to be suspended at Oxford Crown Court when a woman in the public gallery feinted.

However, a week after Mr Howell’s appointment in late August as minister for drought, the rain finally arrived and the hottest and driest days of Britain’s most famous summer were finally at an end.  It had been the worst drought in England in 250 years.

The hot weather of the past few weeks has prompted many Britons to draw on their memories of the summer of 1976.

On Twitter, one wrote: ‘I’m a survivor of the summer of 1976. What a time to be alive. It was amazing. I was 15 and the No government as I remember instructed me in how to behave.’

Another said: ‘I have no idea how so many of us got through summer of 1976, unscathed. We didn’t have social media to try to frighten the life out of us.’

A third wrote: ‘A few hot days in July and they’re trying to pretend this weather is somehow unusual. Anyone else remember the summer of 1976, when we had comparable temperatures to now, except it went on for more than two months rather than the usual week or two? This is *not* an emergency!’

Their comments came as Downing Street called the week’s second Cobra meeting on the heatwave, with temperatures set to rise up to 39C (102F) from Monday. 

Cabinet Office Minister Kit Malthouse chaired the meeting of the Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) civil contingencies committee, just three days after the first crisis meeting was held on Monday.

Rivers are at 30 per cent of normal levels, farmers are using a third more water and Britons have been told to take shorter showers after the lowest rainfall in more than a quarter of a century in parts of the UK.

Farmers warned today of a ‘significant challenge’ posed by the extremely dry weather as they try to keep crops fully watered in the face of rising fuel, electricity and fertiliser costs during the heatwave gripping Britain.

East Anglia is particularly parched this summer after it saw just two thirds of its normal rainfall in the first half of 2022, making it the region’s driest six-month period since 1996 and the 11th driest since records began in 1836.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11013619/How-Britain-roasted-TEN-WEEK-heatwave-summer-1976.html
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Philip Mulholland
July 16, 2022 2:21 am

Those were the days, the long hot lazy days of summer.

Ron Long
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
July 16, 2022 3:39 am

Those were also the days when a heatwave was weather, now it’s climate and it was those idiot SUV drivers that weaponized weather into climate.

MarkW
Reply to  Ron Long
July 17, 2022 1:25 pm

On the other hand, no matter how cold it gets in winter, that’s just weather.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
July 16, 2022 8:04 am

https://www.weather.gov/media/okx/Climate/CentralPark/HeatWaves.pdf

You Brits are wimps– in 1953 the longest heat wave I experienced lasted 12 days when we slept outside on our screenless porch the bugs ate us alive. The link is for Central Park NY city. At least they experienced some ocean breezes. In SE PA with no body of water nearby where I lived temperatures exceed 95 deg.F most days and 100 deg F for three days.
In the 1930s heat exceeded 130 deg F in many USA States. I believe Tony Heller has a video depicting these temperatures for 1936.
Desert folks laugh at us when we get three days over 90 deg F.

3x2
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
July 16, 2022 11:42 am

You Brits are wimps

Erm, no. Most are looking forward to Spain where we might get even higher temps. It’s a British thing …

Rick C
Reply to  3x2
July 18, 2022 9:01 am

“Mad dogs and Englishmen”, eh?

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Rick C
July 20, 2022 10:24 am

I’D be mad, too! REALLY!

DonM
Reply to  3x2
July 19, 2022 9:56 am

what’s with the Erm. Do you guys really put an ‘r’ into the filler sound (um, uh, uhmm), or do you just spell it wrong?

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
July 19, 2022 1:12 am

I’ll see your 12 days in 1953 and raise you 31 days in 1976 🙂

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
July 20, 2022 10:23 am

Having lived for 30+ years in the California desert of Orange County and Riverside, I can concur on that! It takes a year or two to get fully acclimated to it. After that, it’s just ‘Summer’! Almost ALL of that time I had no AC, just like in West Texas, where I grew up. AC?

What the hell is that, figuratively speaking! WE used electric fans and stayed in the shade OUT OF THE Sun! Breezes? Never heard of such a thing, just like now, in Texas, when there IS no wind to turn the windmills!

Climate believer
July 16, 2022 2:23 am

Be afraid…. be very afraid

Climate believer
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 3:19 am

……..

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Ron Long
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 3:42 am

Good find. I enlarged the view and saw a high of 34 on the then and 33 on the now. times haven’t changed, except they have, follow the money?

Bryan A
Reply to  Ron Long
July 16, 2022 8:51 am

Noticed that also, most f the temps in the “Now” graphic are lower than the “Then” graphic most by 2c or more

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 6:48 am

About 20 ya, someone suggested they shifted from GC to GW cuz the red, fiery orange &
yellow that looked like the map was on fire was a lot scarier than the calming blue colors
used with GC. They outfoxed themselves when they went overboard with the deep blood red
& it would look a lot scarier with more fiery orange mixed with yellow.

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PCman999
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 16, 2022 9:25 am

True – it’s like they never saw something heating up, say an exhaust pipe or manifold or even just some metal in a fire. When it first gets hot it might change to brown then red, and on to orange, yellow, and white.

So their unscientific propaganda graph is ass-backward.

BCBill
Reply to  Climate believer
July 18, 2022 9:43 am

Sigh, the last good thing on CBC was the be afraid woman onThis Hour Has 22 Minutes.

ozspeaksup
July 16, 2022 2:33 am

and that was also when the idiots were telling us ice age! ice age cometh
funny that!

Bellman
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 16, 2022 7:19 am

Funny. I’ve just been looking through the Times archive for reports on the summer of 76. And what do I find for 22nd June 1976, but a report saying “World’s temperature likely to rise”

“A warning that significant rises in global temperatures are probable over the next century has been issued here by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

This would be the consequence of a build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide – which has already risen by 19 per cent in the past 50 years – because of increased use of oil and coal fuels ”

It goes on to say they made the statement ASA reply to reports the previous month predicting a return to the Little Ice Age. They agree that this would be suggested by looking at past natural climactic changes, but then say this is “completely invalidated” by the addition of carbon dioxide.

Bellman
Reply to  Bellman
July 16, 2022 7:27 am

The Times, June 29, 1976

“The past month has probably been the hottest June this century, the Meteorological Office said yesterday.

The long-range forecasting team at Bracknell admitted that the heat wave had been a complete surprise. But it was explained how it might come to be seen as part of a “mini-climatic change” towards a more continental weather regime for Britain.”

Mike
Reply to  Bellman
July 16, 2022 8:44 pm

But it was explained how it might come to be seen as part of a “mini-climatic change” towards a more continental weather regime for Britain.””

Why do you post this ridiculous, made-up, utter crap?


Bellman
Reply to  Mike
July 17, 2022 2:50 am

I was quoting a Time’s article from 1976. I did not make it up.

I posted it as a counterpoint to the claims that everyone in the 70s was saying that an ice age was coming.

DonM
Reply to  Bellman
July 19, 2022 10:01 am

so, even the 70’s the Times was just hyping anything that came across the desk. whatever sells is the news of the day.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  DonM
July 20, 2022 10:50 am

Yep, if it BLEEDS, it LEADS!

The Dark Lord
Reply to  Bellman
July 16, 2022 8:02 am

they completely ignored the drop in temps from 1940’s to 1970’s … when the majority of that 19% CO2 increase occured … nice cherry picking … no correlation = no causation …

Matt G
Reply to  The Dark Lord
July 16, 2022 8:52 am

The secondary thing this causes when removing the cooling not based on science observations, only to support the agenda. Is the fact further increases are artificially added on after the cooling was removed.

For example a true cooling of about 0.4c/0.5c leads to same temperature as before with a 0.4c/0.5c rise later.

Remove the cooling causing no trend and the 0.4c/0.5c rise artifically adds 0.4c/0.5c to the temperature when it should have been the same point as before.

Just this alone causes global temperatures to be 0.4c/0.5c higher than there are and this is 100% wrong for the surface datasets.

https://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/gistemp/from:1930/plot/gistemp/from:1980/offset:-0.5

Bellman
Reply to  The Dark Lord
July 17, 2022 3:06 am

So which is it? Was everyone in 1976 claiming we were about to freeze to death, or were they cherry-picking data to claim that CO2 was causing going to cause warming?

DaveS
Reply to  Bellman
July 17, 2022 5:42 am

The only person in this thread suggesting “everyone” was claiming the coming of an ice age is you. So why have you repeatedly asked a non-question?

Bellman
Reply to  DaveS
July 17, 2022 6:00 am

It was in response to the comment I was responding to:

“and that was also when the idiots were telling us ice age! ice age cometh
funny that!”

If you are going to quible over the word “everyone” , it’s a common claim that nobody predicted waring in the 70s, that everyone was predicting cooling. I used the word in that spirit.

MarkW
Reply to  Bellman
July 17, 2022 1:30 pm

The term “everyone” has a specific meaning. The fact that you are working so hard to get off the hook of your own words just shows that even you know you made a claim that can’t be defended.

Bellman
Reply to  MarkW
July 17, 2022 2:50 pm

Sorry, I forget how literal minded people here can be when it suits them.

So to be clear, ozspeaksup did not claim that literally everyone literally was going to freeze to death, and I apologise for giving that impressions. All they said was that was when “the idiots tell us ice age!”. I’m sure there were idiots telling us that, just as there are now.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Bellman
July 18, 2022 7:59 am

Not everyone was an idiot. We’re not going there with you. The idiots crying “Ice age!” in the ’70’s were a subset, using weather as a cudgel to browbeat others so they could micromanage the lives of EVERYONE and ruin Western economies. Such dangerous idiots are still among us today. They’re using the same tactic, even if they’ve flipped the script on the weather, from cold to hot.

MarkW
Reply to  Bellman
July 17, 2022 1:28 pm

What makes you believe that both possibilities can’t be true?

DonM
Reply to  Bellman
July 19, 2022 10:02 am

the Times was just hyping anything that came across the desk. whatever sells is the news of the day.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  Bellman
July 19, 2022 5:00 pm

They were predicting everything, same as they do today. There were plenty of hard winters including the ’76 winter that followed the legendary summer. Everyone remembers the summer.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Bellman
July 20, 2022 10:52 am

Depends on who you believe, and listen too. Actually, based on the data available at that time, probably both.

Doonman
Reply to  Bellman
July 16, 2022 8:42 am

Yeah, it is funny. I’ve just been looking through the Egyptian hieroglyphs for 25 BC and what do I find, but a report stating that Ra, the Sun god was heating the land and that the pharaohs often connected themselves with Ra to establish their supremacy as they wanted to be perceived as the earthly embodiment of the almighty Ra.

So I guess not much has changed since then, as our politicians still claim to be able to change the weather.

Solomon Green
Reply to  Doonman
July 17, 2022 6:42 am

In the summer of 1976 we left London in the middle of the heat wave and landed in Cairo, where the heat that day was recorded as 117F. (Cairo airport was, at that time still on the edge of the desert).

I explained to our children that when, during the war, I had been at school, the class rooms, which were not air-conditioned, usually showed temperatures in excess of 90F during the summer months. Temperatures outside often exceeded 100F in the shade.

For this reason there was no afternoon school during the summer term but those of us who played cricket stayed on for lunch and matches started, in full sun, at 2 o’clock.

We always felt sorry for the soldiers, many of whom had never been out of England, and were living and fighting in the desert, which was usually far hotter than Cairo, and whose access to any water was carefully rationed.

How would the current snowflakes have survived in such conditions?

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Bellman
July 20, 2022 10:49 am

So THAT’S when all this ‘Climate Change’ BS started? Another one of those calamity predictions, almost ALL of which have later been disproven? So far, the ‘climate experts’ have not been able to pick one scenario and stick with it! They keep changing the parameters, hoping to fool the dumbest! If you have lived on this planet longer than 10 years, then you have seen PLENTY of ‘climate change’, since it happens constantly. But, then,, anyone who is under the age of say 25 is easily mislead and scammed by the latest FEAR PORN, which also changes on a near daily basis.

Photo by Cody Board on Unsplash

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IAMPCBOB
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 20, 2022 10:28 am

Well, they were right, but a bit off on their timing, I’m afraid. Perhaps in another 10,000 years, or so. We haven’t even gotten over the Little Ice Age yet!

Zig Zag Wanderer
July 16, 2022 2:48 am

I remember the summer of ’76 with great joy. Our family had recently bought a house with a pool. It was absolutely fantastic!

I’m currently sitting and looking out at the Mediterranean in similar temperatures to those predicted for the UK next week. It’s very pleasant indeed. Nobody here seems to think that the temperature is dangerous in any way. We call it summer here.

Climate believer
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
July 16, 2022 3:14 am

I’m currently looking out over the Gulf of Gascony with similar temps.

People seem to be taking it all in their stride.. very strange.

fretslider
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
July 16, 2022 6:13 am

“…a house with a pool. It was absolutely fantastic!”

We had to suck tea from a wet rag….

Climate believer
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 6:18 am

In my neck of the woods only posh people had wet rags…

PCman999
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 9:27 am

We have a winner!

Sunderlandsteve
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 11:11 am

We used to dream of sucking a wet rag.

Jeff
July 16, 2022 2:54 am

I lived through 1976 as a kid in the UK, and I clearly remember the summer of 76 as being the most unbearable I’ve ever experienced. The one thing I recall is that the heat and duration of that heat was relentless, day after day after day after day. The one thing that makes the heat really bad here is the humidity, it leaves you with no energy. Nowadays we’re lucky to get a week of good weather during the summer.

rah
Reply to  Jeff
July 17, 2022 1:55 am

Tony Heller goes back further in the past.

100 Degrees In London | Real Climate Science

Eamon Butler
Reply to  rah
July 19, 2022 5:06 pm

This might be of interest. It starts at 1616 but mentions 1612 was similar.
https://www.netweather.tv/weather-forecasts/uk/winter/winter-history

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Jeff
July 18, 2022 12:39 am

Everyone seems to recall the endless sunshine of 1976.

One abiding memory of mine, in the midst of all that superb weather, was an excited visit to Lords in June to watch the Saturday’s play in the Test match against the West Indies. It was rained off – and I reluctantly spent the afternoon wandering round London Zoo instead.

So – there was the odd less-than-perfect day

Michael in Dublin
July 16, 2022 3:05 am

In various parts of the world people live in these kind of temperatures for month after month during their summers. It does not even get a mention in the news.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 16, 2022 4:47 am

It reminds me of Houston and San Antonio, Texas in the summer with hot temps and Gulf humidity. Yet that is where we have vacationed before!

“The more things change the more they stay the same” comes to mind.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Tim Gorman
July 16, 2022 9:26 am

It reminds me of several summers in Fort Worth. No one was whinging about it then. Maybe because everyone knew how to handle the heat. It was NORMAL.

michael hart
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 16, 2022 2:32 pm

To add some extra context for US readers, it is forecast to become nearly as warm for a couple of days as most of the US experiences every year in summer. In the last few days, in the even more insufferable French heat, British riders have recorded stage placings of 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st (on Alpe d’Huez!) in the Tour de France.

As a result of the weather forecast “UK ministers hold Cobra meeting as heatwave declared ‘national emergency’” , delightfully reports the BBC and The Guardian. This is supposed to be reserved for war, severe terrorist attacks, or other natural cataclysmic events or threats.

For the sake of the Lord. It’s a weather forecast. Which may yet prove to be exaggerated (now who would that surprise?).

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  michael hart
July 18, 2022 8:44 am

The media have been praying to the god of climate change in Ireland for the hottest day evah. We have been breathlessly told that Dublin has achieved this target today (33C) as measured in Phoenix Park, which is adjoining the inner city. I wonder how much can be attributed to the UHI effect?

I live in the northern part of the city and have not measured over 30C outside today. I find this a pleasantly hot day – after a late summer – and certainly not life threatening. Perhaps this is because of a good bit of cloud cover and a gentle breeze. Now who would have thought that clouds can cause significant temperature drops and who knows how much cloud follows higher temperatures? 😉

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Eamon Butler
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
July 19, 2022 5:11 pm

It’s been a bit disappointing really. Not many of us live in the Park either. Tuesday night now, and it has become quite cool outside. Maybe the southsiders got the heat stashed away for the winter. 😉

fretslider
July 16, 2022 3:14 am

I remember 76

Bathing with a friend was official government advice

We had fun – lots of it even though the pubs ran dry. Joy has been banned this time around

Old Man Winter
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 6:32 am

The Daily Mail article shows a lot of young British lasses enjoying the heat, including this one
who is having a tough day at the office!

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Peter East
Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 7:22 pm

As Joy has been banned you’ll have to bath with someone else then!

Chris Wright
July 16, 2022 3:18 am

I remember the long hot summer well!
Remarkably, it started with a severe heatwave in May. I distinctly remember standing in the garden then and feeling the oppressive heat. Difficult to be sure, but it might have been the worst heat I ever experienced. Note: this is nearly fifty years ago and it’s just possible the May heatwave occurred in a different year, but I’m pretty sure it was 1976.

Since then, possibly the worst heatwave I experienced was 20 or possibly 30 years ago. I got a bus to Worthing hoping to find a shop that still had large fans in stock! Again, standing in the garden was like standing in an oven.

My impression is that all the more recent heatwaves were significantly less severe. Last week was hot for several days but nowhere near heatwaves decades ago. I measured the peak temperatures last week (typically peaks a bit before 5 PM):
Wednesday 29.1C Thursday 28.1C Friday 25.1C
Warm, but nothing spectacular.
To be fair, I live five miles from the south coast, so temps are moderated somewhat by the sea.

I also remember the first day we had rain at the end of the long hot summer. It was on the August bank holiday! How typical….

No doubt there will be new records set on Monday and Tuesday. Of course,these records are fairly meaningless, because weather stations are completely different compared to a hundred years ago. Urban heating has massively increased over that period. Today I believe that around half of all stations are at airports and right next to the runway. Some “records” at Heathrow were short spikes. The only question is whether the records were caused by a passing 747 or A380.

You can monitor the Met Office predictions/measurements for the UK here:
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/map/gcp9pe18u#?zoom=8&lat=51.36&lon=-0.56&map=ScreenTemperature&fcTime=1657940400

It will be interesting to see how things develop over the next few days. According to the MO the maximum heat will be on Monday and Tuesday.
Chris

fretslider
Reply to  Chris Wright
July 16, 2022 3:26 am

Heathrow is on standby….

Nick Graves
Reply to  Chris Wright
July 17, 2022 2:11 am

No, I remember early May ’76 too: it was t-shirt and clear blue skies from early in the morning.

It seems that aspect is never mentioned in reports any more. Possibly because it might make ’76 look like ‘weather’?

Eamon Butler
Reply to  Chris Wright
July 19, 2022 5:14 pm

Yes. May to August is how I remember it. What nobody seems to remember though is, the bitter cold winter that followed. ’76/’77.

Right-Handed Shark
July 16, 2022 3:48 am

I was there! I can also remember some tarmac melting days in the sixties, can’t give dates or temps but if I had known back then that this would ever be an issue I would’ve kept records. I’m sure griff will be along shortly to explain that this was all faked back then because “exxon knew” or nobody knew how to read a thermometer or the rain was 6% dryer in the 70’s. Or something.

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griff
July 16, 2022 3:54 am

We had 35C plus temps in 1976, then twice in the 90s… then 8 times this century.

Climate change IS affecting the UK

fretslider
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:33 am

I bet you were a glint in someone’s eye in 1976, griff

As they say, you had to be there

Redge
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 5:41 am

More like a splint

fretslider
Reply to  Redge
July 16, 2022 6:20 am

Poor man’s viagra…

Rich Davis
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:50 am

Keep on flogging it griff. Earn your paycheck.

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:51 am

The UK has many ongoing problems, mainly created by years of incompetent “leadership”.

The weather is not one of them, and thats what all this panic is about, 2 days of weather…

Beam me up Scotty…

fretslider
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 5:13 am

Griff is now 6% drier…..

Redge
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 5:41 am

Except when he wets himself because of the weather

Old Man Winter
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 6:18 am

With all the panic & pandemonium, it has to be at least 6% wetter on the outside of
Griffo’s ABDL nappies!

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I Know About Horticulture
Reply to  Climate believer
July 16, 2022 2:26 pm

It’s amazing. The British media is hyping it up so much, as if we’ve never experienced the occassional blessed week of actual summer in all of the British isle’s existence.

Anything but report actual news which may or may not inconvenience preferred narratives…

Eamon Butler
Reply to  I Know About Horticulture
July 19, 2022 5:25 pm

It was a nicer summer this year though than last year. Last year it was on a Friday.;)

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 5:40 am

You forgot 1911…

The heatwave began around early July and ended two and a half months later, in mid September.

By 17 July temperatures were 27 °C (81 °F) and by 20 July there had been no rain for 20 days, meaning a drought had officially begun.

In the height of the heatwave, at the end of July, temperatures were 33 °C (91 °F) in Kings Lynn, breaking all previous records in that area.

The heat wave and drought continued into August, with temperatures up to 27 °C (81 °F) on 1 August continuing throughout the month in London. Even into September, the heat wave was still continuing, with temperatures up to 33 °C (91 °F) in early September.

The heat wave and drought only ended on 11 September when average temperatures dropped by 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11°C) and the high pressure dominating the country receded, allowing rain over all parts of the country.

(9th August at Raunds Northamptonshire and Canterbury Kent 36.7°C)

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Redge
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 5:44 am

The difference, Griff mate, is in 76 it was a loooooong hot summer, and now it’s just a few days of glorious warmth.

In my neck of the woods (Cheshire), OMG the heating is changing to cooling, the new Ice Age is upon us:

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Peta of Newark
Reply to  Redge
July 16, 2022 9:05 am

Lets compare notes, here’s what Wunderground are saying for me….

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Redge
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 16, 2022 9:15 am

Sounds good, Peta, at the moment I have 24C and you have 27C

3C difference over a few hills, are you panicking yet? 😂

Redge
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 17, 2022 12:55 am

What will be interesting is how unreliables perform under our “new climatic conditions”

As of this morning:

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Redge
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 18, 2022 10:33 am

OK, we topped out at 35C not 36C as promised

Redge
Reply to  Redge
July 18, 2022 11:19 pm

On a day when the UK was a little warmer than average for the time of year, how did wind and solar do?

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Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 6:02 am

“Climate change IS affecting the UK”

Yes, you don’t see this anymore…

Tring reservoir 1934

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Matt G
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 8:01 am

Highest temperatures recorded in UK for September.

There were 7 occasions during the 1st and 2nd of September where there was 35C plus temperatures. This occurred over 115 years ago so 8 times this century means nothing compared. September is also a cooler month than July or August.

Climate change IS affecting the UK in 1906.

September 35.6 96.0 Bawtry South Yorkshire 2 September 1906 35.0 95.0 New Malden London 1 September 1906 35.0 95.0 Maidenhead Berkshire 1 September 1906 35.0 95.0 Colly Weston Northamptonshire 1 September 1906 35.0 95.0 Barnet London 2 September 1906 34.8 94.6 Epsom Surrey 2 September 1906 34.8 94.6 Old Southgate London 2 September 1906 34.6 94.2 Raunds Northamptonshire 8 September 1911

meab
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 9:52 am

griffter,

Going from 2 hot days to 4 hot days in ten year’s time – the horror! How will you survive?

3x2
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 10:46 am

Griff,
I guess that you didn’t appreciate this piece one bit then?

Some of the instructions are so absurd that they seem to have been designed for congenital idiots.

“Turn off central heating,” says one sentence.

“Take a break from the heat by moving to a cooler room,” says another.

Well blow me down with an industrial fan.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/07/15/leo-mckinstry-ok-we-get-it-its-quite-warm-outside-now-please-shut-up-with-all-your-warnings-and-let-us-enjoy-it/

MarkW2
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:25 pm

Classic case of not understanding what true randomness looks like, griff. Toss a couple of coins 1000 times and you’ll get a surprising number of runs when heads or tails come up many times in a row.

But that doesn’t stop climate ‘scientists’ — or you, apparently — claiming this is ‘proof’ of climate change. All it actually proves is that neither they nor you understand statistics.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:50 pm

You weren’t even bloody well alive in 1976 Griff you plonker!

I remember it well, we rehearsed a Tchaikovski symphony for a week right thru the middle of that heatwave.
So what?
Our conductor was so inspiring we didn’t care about the heat and asked for extra rehearsals!
Our well back home ran dry for the first time ever, but funnily enough it late on in that summer and ran into the autumn (we had to fill the well from a nearby farm who had water)

In France since april this year it’s been warmer than that, but same as back in 1976, we just work on as usual.
I can’t see a fat lot of difference in temps compared with 76, but sure as anything it was a lot hotter in MWP and Roman Times or they wouldn’t have been growing grapes nr the Scottish border.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 1:37 pm

Like most alarmists, griff has no concept of how statistics works.

The claim is that the world has warmed by a few tenths of a degree since around 1970. Exactly how does a few tenths of a degree cause heat waves that are 5 to 10 degrees above average?

Even if he can prove that the world has warmed up by a few tenths of a degree, he hasn’t proven that CO2 caused it.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  griff
July 19, 2022 5:22 pm

Very prolonged hot dry summers were common well before ’76 and subsequent years. I got severe sunstroke in the early ’80s.
”8 times this century” What does that even mean?
The only unusual thing about this year, is the high temps only lasted a few short days. Pretty cool out there again now. about 13C.

July 16, 2022 4:03 am

I was in Egypt to sign some petroleum leases circa July1998. We went to Luxor for the long weekend to see the temples and the Valley of the Kings, etc. By noon every day it was ~50C.
The locals had no air conditioning; life carried on.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Allan MacRae
July 20, 2022 11:16 am

Now, THAT’s HOT! I drove down to the Salton Sea once, driving my new Chevy LUV pickup. It did not have an AC. Temperature reached 123 degrees F, according to thermometers I saw along the way. I was afraid my little truck would overheat, as many other cars I passed, did. But instead of registering really HOT it showed the temps dropped down to the low normal range! I never did figure that one out. The only event I suffered that day was a blown headlight fuse! It gets hot in the desert. Both I and my little red pickup survived it!

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  IAMPCBOB
July 20, 2022 11:17 am

I forgot, this was in about 1972. Most summers were about the same in those parts.

Mac
July 16, 2022 4:09 am

I lived in La Quinta California for many years. (It’s desert in so. Calif near Palm Springs and is a winter resort). The temperatures for this time of year are in the 45-48 degree C with night time cooling to maybe 37-38.
I’m sure if I went for a visit now almost every one and every thing would be dead/sarc. (It’s also a huge farming area with date palms and huge fields of many kinds of vegetables).

Julian Flood
July 16, 2022 4:19 am

In ’76 we were allowed baths and then could siphon off the water onto thd garden. Sometimes we had five baths a day.

JF

fretslider
July 16, 2022 4:32 am

Panic update…

I’m in the Sun in the garden and the beer is nicely chilled. Cheers.

The BBC has wet itself every hour on the hour

What an incontinent bunch of…

Dave Fair
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 7:10 am

Chilled beer? In Britain?

fretslider
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 16, 2022 8:00 am

We have refrigerators….

Janice Moore
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 9:41 am

Yes (smile), but, what about all the anecdotal evidence we have about British beer drinkers being appalled whenever Americans ask for their beer to be served cold?

fretslider
Reply to  Janice Moore
July 17, 2022 1:36 am

Lager is chilled, ale isn’t

rah
Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 2:02 am

But none of it that I ever had was a cold as the beer we swill here in the US. And you can be sure that when this Yank has a Guiness it is plenty cold.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  rah
July 19, 2022 5:32 pm

You haven’t lived till you have downed an ice cool Pint of Guinness on a hot day.

rah
Reply to  fretslider
July 17, 2022 2:00 am

Yea but they are all made by Lucas. And old joke.

Why do the British drink warm beer? Because all their refrigerators are made my Lucas Electrics.

I’ve had a little first hand experience dealing with Lucas ignition systems.

3x2
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 16, 2022 10:51 am

It was always a possibility back when we had ‘electricity’. (look it up kids)

Rich Davis
July 16, 2022 4:54 am

Typo: Shouldn’t the headline say “Think it’s HOT now?” rather than “NOT”?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 16, 2022 9:46 am

Yep. And don’t blame author Paul Homewood. On his excellent data-driven science site, “Not A Lot of People Know About That,” the title appears:

Think it’s hot now? How Britain roasted…
(Source: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/07/15/think-its-hot-now-how-britain-roasted-in-ten-week-heatwave-during-summer-of-76/ )

I don’t think WUWT has given Mr. Homewood the status of an “Editor,” so he likely cannot fix it.

🙄

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Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 4:55 am

From the article: “At that year’s Wimbledon tennis championships, umpires were allowed to remove their jackets for the first time in living memory, whilst major roads were littered with broken-down cars that had overheated.”

I find this hard to believe. It’s not that hot at 89 degrees F. Cars in the United States, even in 1976, didn’t overheat and have to pull off the road because it was 89F outside. This sounds like exaggeration to me.

It was 100F here at my house yesterday. Today it is supposed to be 102F. In a couple of days it is supposed to be 109F. And I bet you would have a hard time finding a car that has overheated around here.

89F? A walk in the park. We would love it if it were that cool around here.

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fretslider
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 5:22 am

In 1976 we didn’t wimp out. No, we drank the pubs dry.

3x2
Reply to  fretslider
July 16, 2022 10:58 am

But we also did that back in the harsh winters of the early 80’s. Come to think about it …

Derg
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 5:31 am

I ❤️ 89.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 5:38 am

I didn’t own a car with air conditioning until the late 80’s. No overheating of the car but I did a few times!

Climate believer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 6:13 am

“Cars in the United States, even in 1976, didn’t overheat and have to pull off the road because it was 89F outside.”

That’s probably because you weren’t driving something made by British Leyland 🤣

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 8:53 am

The cars conked out out because most of them were made by Ford or Austin.
Thus they were Cheap and Nasty and because Copper has always been expensive, had undersized radiators.
On top of that water pumps and fan-belts were cheap, nasty, undersized and generally ignored.
Especially by burgeoning numbers of female/Mrs/Ms/she/her/lady drivers

On top of that a lot of folks never checked coolant levels nor did they ever clean out all the dead bugs and accumulated dust mess and grime from said radiators. They didn’t need to because of the cold & wet and often a strong wind (recall BoJo’s ‘Saudi Arabia Of Wind’)

But when temps rose, there was no cooling rain, no wind and positive blizzards of flying critters – so the old (and not so old) designed & built on a shoestring bangers died in droves.

Nothing else could happen and it did.
No exaggeration.

I learned my engine cooling lessons driving and maintaining (5 very hard-working) tractors thro that heat
It was a twice daily chore clearing the radiator during silage making time
(Entropy and the 2nd Law rule OK)

John Hultquist
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 16, 2022 10:00 am

The seal on the radiator cap can deteriorate.
An easy fix — but be safe.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 16, 2022 2:59 pm

British cars were manufactured for British conditions, so always had inadequate cooling systems for hotter climates.

They were rather infamous here in Australia.

DRSulik
July 16, 2022 6:36 am

At least in 1976 they knew how to publish headlines with correct spelling!

Bryan A
Reply to  DRSulik
July 16, 2022 9:02 am

“Not” is spelled correctly

Walter Sobchak
July 16, 2022 7:00 am

And not a cold beer to be found anywhere in the kingdom.

Mike Bryant
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
July 16, 2022 8:37 am

Yup, better get a shandy or a lager and lime from the fridge…

Walter Sobchak
July 16, 2022 7:01 am

OK Britishers, get a clue. Coca Cola is meant to be served over ice, and lots of it.

July 16, 2022 8:09 am

While I recall the headlines, I had forgotten the year. However, I was impressed by the power of government–soon after appointing a Minister of Drought it strated to rain.

John H
Reply to  Bob Hoye
July 16, 2022 9:38 am

And then Dennis quipped he really was the Minister of Floods. Useless politician but at least had a sense of humour 😉

Jeroen
July 16, 2022 8:34 am

You should all look up the year 1540. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1540 A very dry year in western Europe.

July 16, 2022 8:43 am

Is it hot
Or is it not?

Bryan A
July 16, 2022 8:47 am

Title should be corrected…
“Think It’s Not Now…”
“Think It’s Hot Now…”

griff
July 16, 2022 8:47 am

UK Met Office says:

  • All the top 10 warmest years for the UK in the series from 1884 have occurred since 2002.
  • The most recent decade (2011–2020) has been on average 0.5°C warmer than the 1981–2010 average and 1.1°C warmer than 1961–1990.
  • The Central England Temperature series provides evidence that the 21st century so far has overall been warmer than the previous three centuries.
John Hultquist
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 10:06 am

Whether it is hotter or notter isn’t the question.
The question is what should politicians do about something they have no control over?

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  John Hultquist
July 20, 2022 11:25 am

Well, they can do nothing, encouraging people to avoid too much exposure, OR they can do what OUR ‘leader’ does, and continually screw everything up on a daily basis!

Matt G
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 10:07 am

This must be the first climate post I have seen from you that is not weather. I wouldn’t trust the grid data used in these as they are flawed. The CET doesn’t use grid data but does show how England has warmed over the centuries. (That being mainly in winter)

You have finally realised that this is climate, but this has been a modest warming trend that has been benificial to the planet overall.

30 years of duration is climate change whether natural or not and this leads to what everybody already knows on here, that the climate has been warming since the LIttle Ice Age and the rate hasn’t changed despite rising CO2 levels.

Arctic temperatures had risen 1.8c between 1975 and 2010, but there is a change coming that has already started.

Heatwaves have occurred for longer periods in the past then recent decades. The reason being the temperatures maybe a little higher nowadays, but they last much shorter with the rare exception. The main explanation behind this is that exceptional temperatures we are getting recently are only caused by very usual weather patterns that can only be maintained for a few days at most. It is impossible to get these temperatures for a long time because the pattern doesn’t stay this way for long.

A heatwave to last a long time needs a blocking pattern and this is not achieved with the source of air from Spain and Africa. So like the next few days the very hot air will only last 2 or 3 days at most. A heatwave should really be a length of time lasting at least 5 days with temperatures at least 6c above for the time of year.

Janice Moore
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 10:08 am

So what?

Explain these two facts:

  1. CO2 lags temperature by a quarter cycle per ice core data

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DGwMOGBDVfQ/UbV9vvTO7EI/AAAAAAAAFPM/1OxV_cGorQY/s400/ScreenShot3519.jpg

(Source: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2013/06/climate-scientist-dr-murry-salby.html?spref=pi)

Also:

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2. Human CO2 emissions up greatly. Total atmospheric CO2 trend UNCHANGED.

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(Source: https://climateilluminated.com/CO2_facts/CO2_science/25_CO2_temp_trend.html )

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Graemethecat
Reply to  Janice Moore
July 16, 2022 4:17 pm

Alarmist clowns like Griff think causation can work backwards in time.

MarkW
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 17, 2022 1:49 pm

If sites can be tele-connected, why can’t they be chrono-connected as well?

Gary
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 10:58 am

1. You have to take what the met office says with a pinch of salt theses days.

2.The records began at the end of the little ice age, so they began at the coldest the earth had been since the last proper ice age, 10, 000 years. What do you expect??

MarkW
Reply to  Gary
July 17, 2022 1:50 pm

Didn’t Mikee Mann prove that prior to the advent of CO2, the earth’s temperature never changed?

Simon
Reply to  MarkW
July 17, 2022 11:35 pm

Didn’t Mikee Mann prove that prior to the advent of CO2, the earth’s temperature never changed?”
No he didn’t, so that would mean you made that up. Gee what a surprise.

Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 12:04 pm
Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 1:12 pm

I see you don’t have any problem quoting the CET when it suits you, typical.

rhs
Reply to  griff
July 16, 2022 4:30 pm

What is the quality of their data set? If they’re using thermometers which have only been in place since 1980, they don’t have a long enough record and once again, the data isn’t fit for purpose.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
July 17, 2022 1:46 pm

1) The world is still warming up from the Little Ice Age.
2) How much of that warming is due to larger populations and more asphalt.
3) According to the IPCC, the planet has only warmed one or two tenths of a degree since the 1960’s, so the vast majority of the warming that has your panties so twisted couldn’t have been caused by CO2.

Simon
Reply to  MarkW
July 19, 2022 5:06 pm

The world is still warming up from the Little Ice Age.” It is still warming, but not because it is coming out of the little ice age.

PCman999
July 16, 2022 9:19 am

making it the region’s driest six-month period since 1996 and the 11th driest since records began in 1836.”

Great – so things are improving!

Random Numbers
July 16, 2022 9:22 am

What’s this I hear about mad dogs and Englishmen?

3x2
Reply to  Random Numbers
July 16, 2022 1:12 pm

Out in Spain for a ‘hot’ Holiday …

atticman
July 16, 2022 10:05 am

Do any other Brits recall that, a couple of before it all started, a county cricket match was stopped by snow in Buxton, Derbyshire?

Matt G
Reply to  atticman
July 16, 2022 10:33 am

“The most significant June snowfall in recent memory was on 2 June 1975, when snow fell in many parts of the country. The Essex and Kent cricket match in Colchester was interrupted, while the match between Derbyshire and Lancashire at Buxton was called off after 2.5cm (1in) of snow settled on the outfield”

taxed
Reply to  atticman
July 16, 2022 10:49 am

Yes that on June 1st or 2nd in 1975.
We also had about a inch of snow here in North Lincolnshire at the same time.
l remember playing and walking around in it as a child. We had a blast of cold Arctic air that caused snow during the night. While during the morning the weather was clear and sunny with a very deep blue sky. The snow lasted until around early afternoon.

michael hart
July 16, 2022 10:49 am

“Anyone else remember the summer of 1976, when we had comparable temperatures to now, except it went on for more than two months rather than the usual week or two? This is *not* an emergency!’”

I remember it well. I was growing my hair long at school and it went a more sun-bleached blonde than it ever has before or since.

The Met Office has been promising us a heatwave since Spring and it still hasn’t arrived yet in Central England. May and June were [pretty damp squibs.

Today is pleasantly warm and sunny, but not at all oppressive. A perfect English summer day. A bit like what Seattle seemed to get for three months of the year when I lived there. One week here is generally the most you’ll get. I’m usually jonesing for cloud and rain after four days.

3x2
July 16, 2022 11:05 am

Just to put things into a British ‘frame’. Nobody here is more than a ‘quick trip’ to the nearest Beach so don’t feel too sorry for us.

(sorry Kansas)

3x2
Reply to  3x2
July 16, 2022 11:15 am

For ‘Phill in California’ …

We may see mid 30’s for two days in your old home town and I fully intend to spend it on the river, After the ‘apocalypse’ (Wed) we return to BST. (British S**t Temps).

taxed
July 16, 2022 11:05 am

The other long hot summer that seems to have been overlooked and that came close to matching 1976 is the summer of 2018. Where we enjoyed spell warm fine weather from May to July, but unlike 1976 the weather broke down during August which was rather cool and wet.

Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 11:14 am

This IS the climatologically hottest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. 
On the last NCEP ensemble model below for global 850 temperatures late this weekend(1 mile up), you can see the isolated positive (hot) anomaly over this spot.

https://www.psl.noaa.gov/map/images/ens/ens.html#nh
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There are 2 other hot spots on the planet. A very small one over the N.Pole and a HUGE one in the US, from the West Coast to the Plains to S. Canada, (from the weather pattern in the US caused by the cool water anomaly in the E/C tropical Pacific/La Nina).

These warm/cold anomalies(extremes) are on the map 365 days a year, often much greater than this one, especially in Winter, almost entirely from weather patterns.

Since this is exactly the hottest time of year, any such positive weather anomalies on the planet have a great chance to be the “hottest ever”.

When you superimpose +0.9 Deg. C of global warming from increasing CO2 on top of that, it contributes a potential +2 deg. F warmer than the world 100 years ago based on all other things being held constant.

However, despite most of the atmosphere still responding like it always has, the sensationalizing today is several orders of magnitude more amplified than a century ago and the technological tools to do it with are a million times more powerful.

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/87177/

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Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 11:23 am

This is what the UK looks like on a global map, under that hot spot above:

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 11:24 am

Here it is!

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Mike
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 9:00 pm

When you superimpose +0.9 Deg. C of global warming from increasing CO2 on top of that,”
But why would you do that?

3x2
July 16, 2022 11:49 am

Have to laugh at the ‘warnings’.

I have my window open, that passes for AC here in The UK.

I hear children playing and some ‘local park’ based music event.

We’re all going to die, apparently, before the return of s**t British weather in a day or two.

Betapug
July 16, 2022 12:03 pm

Ahh 1976, CO2 levels were safely at 330ppm! All was good.

Eric Harpham
July 16, 2022 12:55 pm

I started a new job as a rep.(salesman) in May 1976. My new company car DIDN’T have air conditioning. I was expected and did wear a suit (2 piece) plus collar and tie.

My car had an internal as well as external thermometer. It’s maximum was 52 degrees centigrade. Every day for a month it hit 52 centigrade about 9.30am and didn’t decrease until after 7pm.

I survived with windows open and a very soggy shirt and pants. The jacket I took off whist travelling.

It was a great relief when the rains came.

After those experiences the current “project fear” on hot weather makes me wonder how soft and wimpish we have become.

Robert B
July 16, 2022 2:08 pm

It’s not just that heat waves will happen regardless of fossil fuel use, records will be broken somewhere. They are short records, there is the UHI effect and you never know where the ice-cream van will be parked. Cold records also get broken “Alice Springs freezes through longest streak of sub-zero days on record”

Is any of it evidence of global warming? The only thing that makes the GHE scary is the feedback of greater absolute humidity, and that should mean that record maximum temperatures are irrelevant. Only when you stick your head out the window and don’t see frost are you seeing climate change in action.

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Gino
July 16, 2022 7:48 pm

I remember living outside Fulda Germany in 1976. this was our second tour in Deutschland. It was the hottest time anyone there could remember. Temps in the low 90’s as measured on my porch in Kerzell.

My family, having moved over from Arizona actually broke out shorts for 2 weeks, not because we needed to, but because it was a novelty for us there.

I should note we moved back to Tucson in about 2 years later and I have a picture of a snowman I made (about a foot and a half tall) the first winter back because about an 1″ of snow actually stuck for a day or so.

Weather is weather,

Gareth Phillips
July 17, 2022 1:03 am

Ignorance of data is no excuse. During the hot weather in 76, the highest temp recorded was just over 37 degrees for a short time. It was dry, but nowhere near as hot as forecast for the UK. There is a major difference between 37.5 in a dry period, and 40c in a humid one.

Luigi
July 17, 2022 1:44 am

well ,even in the 90es it was exrtremely hot in the UK. i was at RAF Fairford in July 1997 and there were 37°C.

Luigi
Reply to  Luigi
July 17, 2022 1:45 am

Then I have been there again in 2019 in the same period (mid July) and there were 20°C….

jim hogg
July 17, 2022 5:59 am

I turned 21 earlier that year and remember it well. It was glorious. Spent all of it between Kircudbright and Kincardine, Scotland. The sweltering heat and drought stayed with us from early May until almost the end of September.

The summer of 75 was also very warm, and there was no shortage of summer heatwaves in the 60s in SW Scotland.

A quick search shows that the summer of 1911 was also extremely warm: “For 80 years, the summer of 1911 held the record as the hottest in the UK after temperatures peaked at 36.7C on August 9 in Raunds in Northamptonshire.” (wiki). The Co2 level in 1911 was 301ppm.

Going back more than 400 years the summer of 1540 appears to have been remarkably warm throughout Europe, at the end of what was one of the warmest/driest decades of the past 500 years, apparently (https://cp.copernicus.org/preprints/cp-2020-92/cp-2020-92.pdf and many other sources, probably linked on here many times before). .

I’m open to the possibility that rising Co2 levels MAY raise global temperatures slightly and slowly, but the case is far from proven imv. “Climate change” is a meaningless phrase to my mind because it’s clear that climate change is an ongoing and evolving thing, possibly within limits (WE’s “stabilisers”) but possibly not.

The day that climate stops changing will be a very strange one indeed.

Stephen Richards
July 17, 2022 12:34 pm

I was working on high reliability semi conductors. Don Cumino was taking humidity readings with his football rattle and temperature reading every day. humidity was a record 8% and the max temperature at 90° for long periods

H.R.
July 18, 2022 5:28 am

Well, the forecast for Climageddon has been made. Now I’m waiting to read about the actual results and if there were any survivors in the UK.

This comment thread is aging. I hope that someone will post the actual results of the forecast heat wave, perhaps in a follow-up, stand-alone post here on WUWT.


Just a note about forecasts, revised forecasts, and actuals. Where I am here in the US, the 10-day forecast on Friday, July 15th was for low to mid 90s(F) for this week. As of this morning, July 18th, the forecast for this week is for low 80s(F). That’s roughly a ten-degree difference!

It seems the cooler air from the North will push down farther and the warm air won’t reach us. But who knows? We’ve yet to see the actuals and the warm air might just win out.

Gras Albert
Reply to  H.R.
July 18, 2022 8:33 am

Temperatures peaked this afternoon at 37degC at Bedford (north of London) at 4pm, needed to reach 37.8 to break the local record. Nobody died.

As a glider pilot 1976 was a paradise, basically it didn’t rain from the end of May to the beginning of September, the ground dried out as the temperatures went up and the dew point went down with cumulus cloudbase reaching 10,000ft plus above the ground, Texas style. Goldheight in a blue thermal 😯

As for Griff, like every single employee of the Guardian, he wasn’t born in 1976 and we all know that if you didn’t see it it never happened.

Mike Bryant
Reply to  H.R.
July 18, 2022 8:39 am

The BBC predicted 41°C as today’s high temp.
They changed that prediction to 40°C at 7:02 this morning.
I have the screen caps.
BBC 11:04 am update changed the 40°C prediction to 38°C…
BBC 12:05 pm update changed the 38°C prediction to 39°C…
BBC 1:01 pm update changed the 39°C prediction to 38°C…
BBC 1:59 pm update still predicting 38°C…
BBC 2:01 pm update still predicting 38°C…
BBC 2:58 pm update still predicting 38°C…
BBC 4:00 pm update changed the 38°C prediction to 37°C…
As of now the BBC has lowered the predicted high for today from 41°C (105.8°F) to 37°C (98.6°F)
so the BBC has missed todays high by 7.2°F or 4°C … 

As all the changes are happening at the BBC, my cheap, little Dark Sky Weather App has been maintaining the high will be 36°C (96.8°F) hmmm not a record high…

Maybe the BBC should put the Dark Sky weather app on their phones and laptops…

Mike Bryant
Reply to  Mike Bryant
July 18, 2022 9:24 am
H.R.
Reply to  Mike Bryant
July 18, 2022 7:25 pm

@Gras Albert and Mike Bryant -Thanks for the the reports. Much appreciated as I suspected the heatwave might not live up to the hype.

That BBC circus with the updates was a hoot! It reminds me of blindfolded kids at a birthday party swinging a bat at a piñata. 🤣 🤣

And thanks for the link to that poem, Mike.

Oan Hughes
July 18, 2022 8:26 am

Paul Homewood: sub-editor says fencers feint, women faint…

Edward Katz
July 18, 2022 5:53 pm

It’s good that WUWT reminded us of this, and it could have added more by referring to the excessive heat and droughts of the 1930s in North America. Another thing the alarmists don’t like mentioning is the evidence that extreme cold is far more deadly than extreme heat. In fact, studies by the US National Weather Service, Britain’s The Lancet medical journal, the Centers for Disease Control, The American Council on Science and Health, among others, claim that extreme cold is responsible worldwide for twenty times as many deaths as extreme heat. Furthermore, extended periods of below normal temperatures, as experienced during the Little Ice Age (c.1300-1850), was the cause of economic and cultural stagnation as well as frequent famines due to reduced growing seasons. Naturally the climate activists carefully avoid referring to such facts.

Cho_cacao
Reply to  Edward Katz
July 19, 2022 1:13 am

What WUWT does not mention is that most (if not all) of the hottest days in the UK took place within the last 20 years or so. The previous daily record was from 2019.

Mike Bryant
Reply to  Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 4:03 am

And still cold-related deaths outnumber heat-related deaths by twenty times!! Bring on the heat.

Ian
Reply to  Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 9:53 am

A group from Utrecht Uni have found that rising temperatures in the Netherlands is due to changes in wind direction, not CO2, much as they tried to implicate it!

Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 5:25 am

Temperatures above 40 °C were recorded for the first time ever in the UK, today… 40.2 °C and still climbing…

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 5:39 am

Already over 4 degrees higher than degrees higher than 1976’s hottest (35.9 at Cheltenham on 3rd July)

Mike Bryant
Reply to  Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 6:56 am

Before you and Mr. Barraclough panic, make yourselves a nice tea, consider whether you’d rather repeat the ‘76 heat wave or the one that just ended, and calmly read this article:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/19/the-heatwave-green-hysteria-is-out-of-control/

Last edited 19 days ago by Mike Bryant
Ian
Reply to  Cho_cacao
July 19, 2022 9:50 am

At Heathrow, an ever-expanding, manmade concrete desert, with massive airconditioned terminal buildings, and giant portable paraffin heaters blasting heat everywhere. Essentially meaningless temperature record.

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Ian
July 19, 2022 2:31 pm

The record of 40.3 degrees was set at a small town in Lincolnshire, with Heathrow, Kew gardens, St. James’s Park and Northolt (all west London), and another small town near the Lincolnshire/Yorkshire border also hitting 40 degrees. The highest temperatures were remarkably widesspread

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Richard Barraclough
July 19, 2022 2:33 pm

Over 20 different locations exceeded the previous record. Definitely an interesting day’s weather, whatever slant you want to put on it

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Ian
July 19, 2022 2:32 pm

Why didn’t Heathrow set a record in 1976 then. Perhaps it was just a single grass runway, with the occasional Tiger Moth taking off back then?

Mike Bryant
July 19, 2022 7:51 am

According to Fox News a record has been set at Heathrow and also at Charlwood. Hmmm…. Heathrow AIRPORT and Charlwood which abuts Gatwick AIRPORT… just sayin’

Bellman
July 19, 2022 8:40 am

Yesterday’s CET Maximum set a new daily record.

1 2022-07-18 34.8
2 2019-07-25 34.2
3 1990-08-03 33.4
4 2020-07-31 33.2
5 1976-07-03 33.1
6 2006-07-19 33.0
7 1990-08-02 32.8
8 2003-08-09 32.8
9 2015-07-01 32.8
10 2020-08-12 32.0
Bellman
Reply to  Bellman
July 20, 2022 10:46 am

And the 19th July maximum was 2.5°C warmer.

1 2022-07-19 37.3
2 2022-07-18 34.8
3 2019-07-25 34.2
4 1990-08-03 33.4
5 2020-07-31 33.2
6 1976-07-03 33.1
7 2006-07-19 33.0
8 1990-08-02 32.8
9 2003-08-09 32.8
10 2015-07-01 32.8
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