Another cold and damp summer in the UK, finishing at 0.5C below the 1981-2010 average, and the third in the last five years to fall below. Indeed, no summers since 1998 have been as cold as 2011, 2012 and 2015.
There is clearly no sign of summer temperatures increasing in the last decade, as the Met Office have repeatedly forecast.
Looking at the longer running Central England Temperature Series, we find very little changing. This summer only ranks the 178th warmest out of a list of 357 years, tying with years such as 1668!
Looking at the more recent past, by far the hottest summer still remains that of 1976, and again we see that since 2006 temperatures have been well below the levels set in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Finally, despite one hot day in July this year, we find that the almost total absence of really hot days since 2006 has continued. Apart from the 32.7C recorded on 1st July, the only other temperature over 29C since 2006 was 29.7C set in 2013. This is unusual even by early 20thC standards.