Category Archives: Temperature

So why has September 2017 been so cool?

So why have temperatures in the first half of September 2017 been so cool across most of northwest Europe? One glance at the mean pressure chart for the first 16 days will give you the answer (fig 1). The Azores … Continue reading

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The cold wet August of 1912 and the Novarupta eruption

The coldest August since 1910 was that of 1912. It was both wet, cold and dull. At many coastal stations around the UK the sea temperature was higher than the air temperature. In the monthly weather report for 1912 the … Continue reading

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Coldest start to an August in 30 years

I notice that the latest provisional mean maximum daily temperature for the first eight days of August in Central England of 18.89°C (-1.38°C) are the lowest for that period since 1987 (fig 2). The 10 year average mean temperature for … Continue reading

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Has the summer gone to pot?

The summer has just been going down hill since the end of the first week of July sunshine wise. The sunshine accumulations for Jersey, which is currently the sunniest spot in the British Isles this summer, traces its decline quite … Continue reading

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Spring 2017 warmest on record in Central England

It may not have been the warmest May on record, but with the help of a very mild March (ranked #3), Spring 2017 was the warmest since at least 1659 in Central England, with a mean temperature of 10.25°C, which … Continue reading

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March 1957 – warmest in over 357 years

March 1957 stands out as being the mildest in the CET series which started in 1659, and as mild as this current March is, the mean anomaly of which stands at +2.48°C on the 12th, it will have to do … Continue reading

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Is St Hilary’s day the coldest day of the year?

In weather folklore there is a widespread belief that St Hilary’s day, which falls on the 13th of January, is the coldest day of the year. But is this true? We sent our meteorological reporter xmetman out to check the CET series, … Continue reading

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18th warmest year in central England

2016 in the CET series looks to have been the 18th warmest year since the monthly series began in 1659. It was according to my statistics just +0.02°C warmer than last year. That makes it that 12 of the last … Continue reading

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Warmest Summer since 2006 in Central England

It looks like Summer 2016 was the warmest in Central England since 2006 with a mean temperature of 16.43°C which was +1.08°C above the long-term average (1961-1990). Surprisingly no maximum records were broken during the summer but two high minima … Continue reading

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Hottest days since 1878

For a bit of fun I thought that I would graph the hottest days in the daily Central England Temperature [CET] series since 1878. My graph is a copy of one that I saw on the Met Office web site, … Continue reading

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