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England Needs a National Strategy for Sunny Weather!


By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

Meanwhile Sky News get hysterical:

England is “not ready” to respond to extreme heatwaves this summer and ministers must implement a national strategy, researchers have said.

In addition to excess deaths, they are warning of economic shocks and a “breakdown in public services” should the country experience more very high temperatures either this year or in the future.

Those involved in the response to such events – such as local authorities, first responders and utility companies – are concerned that resources are at breaking point, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment – part of London’s LSE – said.

Those participating in the Grantham Institute’s research, in association with the British Red Cross, said England is “not prepared to manage future extreme heat events, particularly if these were to occur more frequently at the same magnitude and duration”.

It is calling for a national strategy on extreme heat; better understanding of the effect of hot temperatures on vulnerable groups; improved communication and engagement; and for potential cuts to public bodies’ budgets to be stopped.

Candice Howarth, head of local climate action at the Grantham Institute, said the UK “does not have a history of climate adaptation to cope with extreme heat but this now must be at the top of the agenda for government, organisations, cities and the public”.

She added that ministers need to “consider impacts and responses beyond health” if England is to “avoid excess deaths, shocks to the economy and breakdown in public services in this and future summers“.


I can’t say as I remember our economy and public services collapsing last summer! But no doubt the latter will use the chance of some sunny weather to demand bigger budgets!

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June 4, 2023 2:03 am

The runways at Heathrow, RAF bases etc did not melt

In fact the only meltdowns occurred at the Met Office and the media

Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 7:59 am

Actually Brize Norton did melt and an aircraft churned that up during a vital time of logistics to Ukraine.

However, that was down to DE&S; good old civil service, opting for the cheapest option of surface, not the most durable.

Roger Collier
Reply to  strativarius
June 7, 2023 9:09 am

The Stevenson screen at RAF Coningsby next to the taxiway nearly did, not to mention that at Hawarden Airport that recorded the highest ever Welsh temperature after being moved away from the new factory buildings and closer to the taxiway.

Stephen Wilde
June 4, 2023 2:21 am

Hard to understand how the sensitive British managed to survive in order to establish and manage a global trading Empire.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
June 4, 2023 3:15 am

They never went to hot places like India, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, or Australia. Oh wait, is that right?

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 4, 2023 4:40 am

The search for good food can be quite compelling.

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 4, 2023 5:11 am

Sudan can be quite chilly, ask General Gordon.

Rich Davis
Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 6:21 pm

I saw the movie Khartoum a long time ago but I can’t think what your reference means here.

Rick C
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 4, 2023 12:29 pm

Yup. Cue Noel Coward. I know, subsidize installation of reverse heat pumps (aka Air Conditioners) in homes and public buildings. Also, spend some money on building reliable dispatchable electricity so that there will be plenty of low cost electricity to run them during heat waves.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
June 4, 2023 5:48 am

I think the notion of mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun has long gone.

The new breed consider 25C sweltering hot.

Reply to  RickWill
June 4, 2023 1:33 pm

Is it the citizenry or just the regulators thereof?

michael hart
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
June 4, 2023 5:57 am

It’s well known that mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  michael hart
June 4, 2023 8:30 am

Only Mad dogs and Englishmen. Only!

June 4, 2023 2:28 am

This has to be a joke.
It is a secret plan to stop Brits invading beaches (“the beach access is closed to public”) every time the sun pops out from behind clouds.

Bill Powers
Reply to  vuk
June 4, 2023 10:11 am

Vuk, if it waddles like a Hobgoblin, and it quacks like a hobgoblin, then it is probably a hobgoblin.

Or it could be a giant DUCK! Duckzilla invades the beaches of britain. They oughta make a movie. “The day after tomorrow the ducks come out”

June 4, 2023 2:29 am

Paul Homewood,
Perhaps you in Britain need a compilation like this one for Australia. It shows thre actual past properties of heatwaves of 10, 5, 3 and 1 day duration in the 8 cities that house about 80% of our population.
To calm the public, you simply need to show that new, because just about all that is supposed to be feared has happened a few times before in official recorded history.
Geoff S


June 4, 2023 2:30 am

Australia play India in the World Cup Cricket Championship final this week at the Oval, London.
In September 2017 the same two teams played at Eden Gardens,Kolkata in 42 degrees Celsius temperature.
I doubt they will be troubled by the “extreme weather” spoken of here.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Douglas
June 4, 2023 3:20 am

42 ok, but can they handle 19? (Current temperature in London)

I guess if they wear a sweater.

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 4, 2023 4:56 am

The answer to the great question is…. 42

Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 2:44 am

What are the temperatures they are talking about ?

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 5:56 am

Anything close to 25C is blistering hot:

The Met Office has given its verdict on a reported mini-heatwave that could bring warmer weather to the UK next week with temperatures expected to hit 25C in London for the first time this year.

But don’t forget that those extremely high temperatures could come with 80% humidity – UNBEARABLY HOT.

Reply to  RickWill
June 4, 2023 1:47 pm

Thanks to my wife the temperature in our little cottage runs at 25C most days, she says that’s comfortable if a little on the chilly side.

Reply to  RickWill
June 4, 2023 5:50 pm

25C / 80% ? Luxury! Nothing more than a mildly sticky day … mind you that would send them all into a spin over ruining their monthly bath schedule 🙂

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 6:33 pm

It could get as high as 26C… that’s definitely an emergency of the highest order.

Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 2:48 am

Use fans, open all windows, drink enough water, these hints will help to cope the extreme heat of, what, let’s imagine, 27°C…

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 3:12 am

Imagine is the word, it’s 18C

Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 5:09 am

Highs normally would be in the mid 20’s C here, but not today. It’s 12C right now in Colorado in keeping with a more or less cool and wet spring.

Temperature has only been measured around here for less than 150 years. The highs have been cooling since the mid 1930’s to 1950’s. Being close to a desert, precipitation is usually welcomed.

My grass lawn is looking good. I noticed that the native prickly pear cactus located on the sunny side of the house is sending out new growth. It’s been too cold for me to put out my non-native cacti.

Claims of a warming and drying climate around here are not true.

Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 7:24 am

I’ll raise you. It’s 21 in Glasgow.

Reply to  CampsieFellow
June 4, 2023 1:22 pm

Wow! Perspiring much?

Reply to  CampsieFellow
June 4, 2023 5:53 pm

20C / 73% in Brisbane … cold day, I’ve got my micro-fibre on, next will be the Ugg boots ! 🙂

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 4, 2023 8:18 am

“open all windows”

The big lesson I learnt from last year is you should keep the windows closed. It’s counter intuitive, but makes sense when it’s hotter outside than in.

Krishna Gans
Reply to  Bellman
June 4, 2023 9:27 am

Closed windows can be deadly, as the rel. humidity may increase a lot in the room.(transpiration,respiration)
All windows open also means you can have an certain ventilation by airflow.
That’s the lesson I learned over the years living under a roof. All windows open, both sides, shadow and sunny side.

June 4, 2023 2:51 am

England Needs a National Strategy for Sunny Weather!

Yep, and my strategy is to enjoy it while I can by going to the pub and sinking a couple of pints of refreshing cider.

I suggest all Brits do the same before sitting out on a sunny day (along with drinking alcohol) is banned by the extreme left.

But first, a bacon butty (also before that is banned)

Reply to  Redge
June 4, 2023 4:45 am

Does a bacon butty go with fairy floss?

Reply to  Scissor
June 4, 2023 4:57 am

Only if you are a fairy.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
June 4, 2023 5:54 am

Fairy floss is Oz talk. Candy floss in the UK. But Toothrot by any other name would taste as sweet

Reply to  Scissor
June 4, 2023 8:06 am

Nope, but it does go with HP Brown Sauce

Reply to  Redge
June 4, 2023 8:31 am

Learn something new every day.

Reply to  Scissor
June 4, 2023 9:03 am

That’s because you have an open mind, my friend. Every day is a school day.

Sadly, the extreme left doesn’t like it when people learn new stuff

June 4, 2023 2:54 am

What extreme heatwaves? I would just like some warmer, more typical Spring/Summer weather this year!

John XB
June 4, 2023 3:31 am

As a 70 year old inhabitant of Albion, I can affirm and attest the one unchanging thing about the island of Britain is the changeability of its weather, due to its position between a huge land mass and huge ocean mass; with a warm Gulf Stream flowing up the West Coast, and cold Arctic airstream flowing down the East Coast, and masses of water laden air blowing over from North America.

We don’t have weather per se, just samples. In Britain unusual weather is the usual. It is why whatever the weather, Britain is never prepared for it. We just don’t know what to prepare for this week. It’s why we carry umbrellas when there isn’t a cloud in the sky… yet. Half an inch of snow and the Country shuts down. Hilariously one Winter, train services were disrupted because ‘the wrong kind of snow’ was shorting the electric motors.

We don’t have one Summer we have a series of short ones between June and August, some on occasion even lasting nearly a week, some warmer than others.

i recall back in the 1970s, railway lines buckling and road surfaces melting in the ‘unusual’ high temperatures, and in the 1950s queuing at stand pipes in the street during Summer water shortage.

This year the strawberry crop is late due to a cold Spring, but as a child I remember strawberries – we had them in the garden – not being ready until late June/early July.

June 4, 2023 3:34 am

Why only England? Will any heatwave stop at the Wales/England border? What about the Scotland/England border? Will it bypass the Isle of Man?
Severe cold weather causes more deaths than hot weather. Which is why the excess deaths were so high in 1976 in the U.K., the winter of 1975/76 was cold followed by the long hot summer. If I remember correctly a cricket match in early May was abandoned because of snow, the first time it had happened.
In summer 1976 roads and runways melted and cracked. Reservoir levels dropped to reveal the abandoned villages that had been drowned following the construction of the dams.
The photo is of the reservoir that was used as the training site for 617 squadron in 1943. A bouncing bomb wouldn’t have been very successful in 1976!

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  JohnC
June 4, 2023 3:57 am

The cricket match you are thinking of was in June 75:


1976 was an exceptional year as I remember, not only a long, hot summer but spring flowers were out in early February, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t need a jacket outside until November. And the scare story at the time was the imminent return of the ice age.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
June 4, 2023 4:15 am

It might be relevant to mention here that Buxton lies about 1,000 feet above sea-level…

Peta of Newark
Reply to  atticman
June 4, 2023 7:24 am

Not just Buxton,
I’m guessing a year between 2004 and 2008 when I was still a farmer in Cumbria and found myself running an errand to a town name of Alston.
Here’s Alston.

There is an almost direct road from where my farm was up to Alston and, as the crow flies, about 18 miles apart.
(Up = the operative. I started at 300 feet, dropped to about 150 then Alston is at 1,000ft)

The link mentions 20 miles to nearest town which would be = ‘my town’ but the roads round there ain’t exactly straight as arrows.
They lie actually, the nearest town is called Penrith and is only 15 miles away from Alston.

About 5 miles short of Alston, I simply had to stop the car. I could no longer see the road. Couldn’t see anything.
What had been a clear-blue-sky sunny early afternoon went black and The Most Insane hailstorm kicked off and ran for nearly a quarter hour.
The surrounding everywhere Just. Went. White.

How I remember it clearly was the date = day before ‘Longest day’ = June 20th

I don’t normally venture to that part the world and mentioned it when I arrived.
Oh” came the response, “that sort of thing happens all the time round here
What” says I, “even in summertime”?
Oh yeah

Reply to  atticman
June 4, 2023 8:09 am

It was still summer.

I remember it well, Buxton was cut off due to the snow.

The following year, 1976, was the most glorious summer.

Of course, back then we didn’t have this new-fangled thing called “climate change”, we just had weather

Krishna Gans
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
June 4, 2023 5:16 am

I made 7 weeks camping holidays in Sweden in 1969 and I remember only one day without 0blue sky and some drops of rain.
My parents were at the North Sea coast of the Netherlands at the same time with the same weather. And the temperatures were around the end 20ies °C

Reply to  JohnC
June 4, 2023 4:11 am

Why only England? Because our politicians are more panicky and virtue-signalling than those in Wales and Scotland. But give them time in the peripheral provinces (as I like to think of them), they’ll soon try to out-do us with even more daft responses – just like they did over Covid!

Richard Page
Reply to  atticman
June 4, 2023 6:00 pm

I don’t even think it’s England; I think it’s just London. Metropolitan elite going bonkers because a little warmth adds to their UHI.

June 4, 2023 3:44 am

The British have a strategy for summer. They go to the beach, remove their shoes and jackets but not their waistcoats, roll up their trousers, cover their heads with a handkerchief with tied corners and paddle in the ocean.

Reply to  tmatsci
June 4, 2023 8:13 am


June 4, 2023 4:05 am

Those of us who have lived for over half a century on this cold, damp little island, all of it north of 50N, know well that, following last Summer’s unusually high temperatures, it’s statistically highly-unlikely to happen this year too. More’s the pity!

Robert T Evans
June 4, 2023 4:19 am

Most of our extreme temperatures in the UK are imported from Europe, and this spring the winds have been from a cold North sea. In fact spring temperatures in the UK are often very cool.
For the warmest May and June temperatures you have to go back a very long time 1833 being the warmest followed by 1848 and 1788. The temperatures for June are similar 1846 – 1676 and 1826
1976 is still the hottest UK summer with 55 days over 25C ( 77F) and 21 days over 30C (85F)
The Media are still talking up temperatures of 30C plus, but no sign of that anytime soon.

Reply to  Robert T Evans
June 4, 2023 8:15 am

Most of our extreme temperatures in the UK are imported from Europe

Bloody European temperatures!

Coming over here, melting our ice cream…

Reply to  Robert T Evans
June 4, 2023 1:32 pm

How can that be? Aren’t their predictions always correct?

Reply to  Robert T Evans
June 5, 2023 5:15 am

Now that we are out of the EU we should be able to import our weather from wherever we want 🙂

June 4, 2023 4:54 am

England Needs…

Quite a few things and none of them have anything to do with a bit of clement weather.

2022 was feeble compared to 1976 – a fact they really hate.

England is the only nation in the [so-called] United Kingdom that has no parliament or assembly. There have been numerous attempts to break it up into regions – each time rejected at the ballot box.

“We also need an English parliament to scrap the Barnett Formula and ensure fair taxation for all, and that all monies that are raised in England are spent in England for the benefit of the people who earn those taxes. “

The Barnett formula [a crude weighting system] means…

2021/22, public spending per person in the UK:
Scotland: £13,881 (17% above the UK average)
Wales: £13,401 (13% above the UK average)
Northern Ireland: £14,062 (18% above the UK average)

England: £11,549 (3% below the UK average).

As if a couple of hot days matter.

Rich Davis
Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 6:15 am

But your NHS is the envy of the wor… er North Koreans.

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 4, 2023 8:03 am

Yes. Because I am compelled to fund something over which I have no control whatsoever, it’s mine.

My BBC? My King?

You have some recalibrating to do.

Rich Davis
Reply to  strativarius
June 4, 2023 9:29 am

I can see where you wouldn’t want to shoulder the blame for any of those.

June 4, 2023 5:46 am

There is a gradual realisation that wind energy is not free. It comes at a significant cost. Robbing energy from the wind means there is less water advected from ocean to land. With reducing moderating influence of moisture, the temperature will swing through wider extremes.

This needs to be an active area of research. The early signs of this terra forming are now evident.

The power in air streams is measured in KILOWATTS per square metre. Up to 1000 times more than radiant energy fluxes and flows with both vertical and horizontal components. But no one knows how long it takes for the winds to build power. It takes about 24 days after ocean surface reaches 30C before the atmosphere goes into convective instability. And most of the convective energy that drives the global circulation is generated within the tropics. But no one knows how long it has taken for the wind energy to build up. Consequently no one knows the safe limit of extraction before it has serious negative impact on the environment.

Reply to  RickWill
June 4, 2023 6:04 pm

I can tell you how long it takes for the wind to build up power … about 5 minutes! Out yacht racing a few years back, nice steady 20knot breeze became a raging +50knot gale in 5 minutes !

Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 5:52 am

England is “not ready” to respond to extreme heatwaves this summer and ministers must implement a national strategy, researchers have said.”

Air conditioners are cheap.

Richard Page
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 7:18 am

Opening a window is even cheaper.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 11:28 am

But the juice to run them is very expensive. Come July the price is supposed to drop to 30p/kWh.

Joseph Zorzin
June 4, 2023 6:00 am

I vaguely seem to remember decades ago the idea that with climate change- the gulf stream would get diverted away from western Europe so the climate there would get much colder- haven’t heard that idea in a very long time. Since that didn’t happen- I presume the alarmists want to forget about that prophecy.

Paul Hurley
June 4, 2023 6:04 am

Oh Noes! It’s sunnier than we thought! 😁

June 4, 2023 6:07 am

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William Howard
June 4, 2023 6:59 am

Funny how extreme cold which kills way more people than heat is never a problem for first responders

June 4, 2023 7:26 am

Just how, exactly, is an “extreme heatwave” defined in UK terms? Or is this just an example of the new normal where it is mandatory to refer to every weather event as extreme?

Reply to  CampsieFellow
June 4, 2023 8:19 am

Just how, exactly, is an “extreme heatwave” defined in UK terms?

Anything above 10C for more than 1 second in any 24/7/365 period or part thereof.

Anything above 5C is shorts, and flip-flops weather – don’t laugh I’ve seen it

Walter Sobchak
June 4, 2023 8:27 am

England does need a plan to cope with warm sunny weather:

Clothing: Put away all of the woolens. You will need lots of mothballs to store them over the summer. Start manufacturing and distributing cedar chests. Lots of cotton shirts. T-shirts and polos. Lots of cotton shorts. Replace the wellies with sandals.Sunscreen.Ice, and lots of it. Mandate that restaurants serve ice water, iced sodas.Tonic water with gin, served over ice. Lots of Ice. 3 shots of gin. 1 tsp triple sec, 10 oz. bottle of tonic water. Two tumblers filled with ice. Mix the booze and soda in a pitcher and pour into the tumblers. Prevents malaria.Covert breweries to making lager. Until that is done, import pilsners and lagers from the continent. Jail barkeeps who serve warm beer.And for God’s sake. Stay out of the noonday sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qop04JwbOOg
Once you get the hang of it you will discover that warm sunny days are as much better than cold rainy ones as ice cream is than hay. Speaking of ice cream. …

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
June 4, 2023 11:15 am

It is some time ago, but I found the Brit version of G&T disgusting. ALL of the tonic (and other sodas) was adulterated with artificial sweetener.

Andy Pattullo
June 4, 2023 8:32 am

Chicken Little just won’t stop, and the boy who cries “wolf” is as shrill as ever no matter how good things continue to be. Promoting fear and panic is not a laudable occupation, but we suffer a raft of political and media pundits who make it a profitable one. History will be appropriately very unkind to these idiots.

Northern Bear
June 4, 2023 9:22 am

Yet millions of Brits fly to Spain , Portugal , Greece , Turkey for their holidays , much hotter countries and they survive ! 9 months of the year Britain is a cold damp place , there seems to be no end to climate scare stories

Reply to  Northern Bear
June 4, 2023 9:44 pm

Yeah, not to mention emigrate to Western Australia so they can enjoy their full English Christmas Dinner in 45 C !

Tom Abbott
June 4, 2023 9:53 am

From the article: “It is calling for a national strategy on extreme heat”

Here’s an idea: Scrap all the windmills and solar and build reliable power generation instead. If CO2 elimination is an objective, build nuclear power generation.

It’s not that hard to figure out.

June 4, 2023 1:16 pm

Does Candice even know what extreme weather really is? She needs to travel more – preferably on a one-way ticket!

Richard Page
Reply to  mikelowe2013
June 4, 2023 7:07 pm

We’ve never had a strategy to deal with extreme heat because we’ve never needed one. It would be like asking the UK to come up with a strategy to deal with the country turning into a desert.

June 4, 2023 1:28 pm

Who would have ever thought that the British have become so dull that they would have to turn to me for life skills advice? Fire up your fossil fuel and nuclear generators, build more fossil fuel and nuclear generators and invest in air conditioning and swimming pools. There solved it for you, no need to thank me!

ethical voter
June 4, 2023 2:29 pm

Who pays these idiot doomsayers? They need to be found and flogged.

old cocky
June 4, 2023 4:48 pm

they are warning of economic shocks and a “breakdown in public services”

That’s what happens when everybody takes the day off to go to the beach or have a picnic.

June 4, 2023 5:58 pm

In Australia, according to the BOM, we now have “low intensity heatwaves”. Whatever the heck that means!

Pat from Kerbob
June 4, 2023 6:10 pm

I was in London for those two hot days in the high 30s last July and while it was unpleasant it wasn’t horrible as the humidity was low.
The day after the temp dropped into the high twenties but the humidity shot up and so it was much worse then.
Those two hot days, lots of people out enjoying it in the parks.

And they closed the British museum at 3 due to heat even though it was still cool in that big pile of stone and forced everyone out into the heat.

Brilliant, a new episode of Yes Minister all written and delivered.

Ulric Lyons
June 8, 2023 8:57 am

“they are warming of economic shocks”

People buying more ice cream, beer, and salads?

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