Hot spells in Central England compared

I was just looking at the recent hot spell, how warm it got, and how long it lasted in the daily CET series using the latest provisional data from the Met Office. If you classify a heat wave as a spell of five consecutive days or more, with mean maximum temperatures above 24°C then 2017 just qualifies. 24°C might not look particularly high, but you have to remember that the CET is a composite temperature from three separate sites. It may have been the warmest since 1976 because spells of this length are still rather uncommon in the month of June (fig 1), but looking at all summers since 1878, it still pales when compared to the hot spells in the years 1947, 1955, 1983, 1995, 2003, 2006 and of course 1976.

Figure 1



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