Warm­est sum­mer for 15 years says county weath­er­man

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - PHIL MORRISH hinck­ley­times@reach­plc.com

WELL what a sum­mer we have en­joyed or en­dured depend­ing on whether you like the heat!

I will briefly this time sum­marise Au­gust be­fore talk­ing about the sum­mer as a whole.

Au­gust had tem­per­a­tures much closer to aver­age with a day time aver­age of 21.7c and a night time fig­ure of 12.4c.

The over­all mean of 17.1c was what we would usu­ally ex­pect of this month.

There was much more rain than in the the other sum­mer months but hav­ing said this rain only fell on nine days in the month and the to­tal of 56mm was still 10 per cent down on usual.

It was also an­other dull Au­gust as many have been in the last 10 years with just 134 hours of sun recorded or 20 per cent be­low nor­mal.

The first week of Au­gust saw the last of the heat with the warm­est day on the 6th of 28.2c.

The 7th saw the last of the warm con­di­tions and after this the At­lantic west­er­lies took over giv­ing us gen­er­ally cooler and more cloudy con­di­tions.

Rain fell on nine days the heav­i­est on the 23rd with 14mm fall­ing and the month saw some very cool nights at its end with just 6.4c logged on the 30th.

Sum­mer 2018 will be re­mem­bered for long spells of sun­shine and heat which be­gan in late spring and lasted with­out a break un­til the end of July.

Na­tion­ally 2018 in terms of tem­per­a­ture was joint warm­est with 2006, 2003 and 1976 with an over­all mean of 15.8c.

Na­tion­ally too it was the hottest month for Eng­land since the MET Of­fice records be­gan in 1910.

How­ever for the Mid­lands re­gion there is a tem­per­a­ture record go­ing back to 1659 called the cen­tral Eng­land tem­per­a­ture se­ries, and on this record 2018 came 5th with 1976 be­ing 0.5c warmer than 2018 at 17.8c.

Cer­tainly on my fig­ures 2003 equalled this sum­mer in terms of heat but 2018 was much drier than any­thing we have recorded since 1976. So it all de­pends on which set of sta­tis­tics you want to go with.

Look­ing at my fig­ures we have had the warm­est sum­mer since 2003.

The 92 days of the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sum­mer saw tem­per­a­tures above the very warm 25c on 31 days. On 20 of these days they ex­ceeded 27c or the thresh­old we call hot and above 30c on just 3 day with my warm­est day com­ing on July 26th at 32.4c.

Com­pared to other hot sum­mers these fig­ures com­pare favourably, but 1976 saw tem­per­a­tures ex­ceed 30c on many more days lo­cally than this sum­mer so per­haps the heat was as long last- ing but not quite as in­tense as in that mem­o­rable year.

In 1976 tem­per­a­tures ex­ceded 90f on 17 con­sec­u­tive days na­tion­ally but this year we only man­aged three days.

Look­ing at rain­fall we had the dri­est sum­mer since 1976. I recorded just 82mm for the en­tire sum­mer and most of that fell in Au­gust. Out of the 92 days it was dry for 75 of them with rain fall­ing on just 15.

June was the dri­est with just 5mm fall­ing. We had a 39 day drought from June 16th right up to July 28th and again the last time we did that was in 1976.

It was also a very sunny month with more than 650 hours of sun be­ing recorded lo­cally mak­ing this the 5th sun­ni­est year ever recorded.

So in my book 1976 just shades it for me as it was warmer lo­cally but nev­er­the­less this has been a mag­nif­i­cent sum­mer and one his­tor­i­cally we should ex­pect ev­ery 20 years but you no­tice we have had five re­cent fine sum­mers 1976, 1995, 2003, 2006 and 2018. global warm­ing sug­gests that these will hap­pen more fre­quently but don’t ex­pect them ev­ery year as ex­tra heat can also mean ex­tra wet sum­mers rain as hap­pened be­tween 2007 and 2012.

So a sum­mer to re­mem­ber and one we shall never for­get!

Orangutan fam­ily at Twycross Zoo in the sum­mer sun

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