How summer 2016 is doing so far

In Central England the mean temperature of the Summer [JJA] so far is 1°C above the long-term average, which currently makes it the 17th warmest of the last 138 summers for the period from 1 June to 22 July. So pretty warm, but not in the same league as 1976 or 2003 for the same time, but of course there is still almost six weeks left to run of the meteorological summer and August might be a sizzler! Below is a chart comparing maximum temperatures of 2016 with the summer of 1976 forty years before, of course the data for July is still provisional but there’s still no missing the recent hot day of Tuesday the 19th. The way the anomalies for this summer are currently (maximum +0.71°C minimum +1.35°C) it points to warm nights being the main driver rather than warm days, in fact maximums ran below average for much of the period between the 24th of June and 15th of July.

Daily Central England Temperature Warmest start to a Summer [JJA] 1878 - 2016

Daily Central England Temperature  – Warmest start to a Summer [JJA] 1878 – 2016


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4 Responses to How summer 2016 is doing so far

  1. Phil Morrish says:

    Fantastic analysis with really interesting statistics! So after all the bad press early summer has been quite good!!


    • xmetman says:


      Yes it’s reasonably warm, but you also have to take into account sunshine and rainfall as well, and some places especially in the northwest of England and western Scotland have been dull and wet at times.



  2. woobblog says:

    Although I live in Southeast Asia I was lucky to have last week in Yorkshire – wonderful (and backed up by the statistics, thanks)!


  3. Phil Morrish says:

    Interesting to note that hot summer 1995 does not appear in the early summer charts as it only really began in the first week of July!


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