Summer warmth similar to 1976 in some areas

Summer (June, July and August) 2013 across the UK has turned out to be the driest, warmest and sunniest since 2006, according to provisional Met Office data.


It’s a huge contrast from the awful weather of last summer which was the wettest for 100 years.


More interestingly from a local perspective are figures from Linton on Ouse in North Yorkshire.


They show that this summer was only fractionally less warm than the famous summer of 1976 with a mean temperature of 16.62C, compared with 16.66C recorded in 1976.


2006 (17.20C), 2003 (17.08C) and 1995 (16.75C) were all warmer than 2013 (16.62C) and 1976 (16.66C) at Linton on Ouse.


And the reason for the much better summer was the jet stream, which was much further north than in recent years.


Now we are, climatologically at least, in autumn, we shouldn’t give up on summer warmth just yet.


For a time this week, again thanks to the jet stream, summer should return to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with temperatures on Wednesday approaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit in some eastern and southern parts of our region.


But that’s nothing compared with 2nd September 1906, when temperatures reached an incredible 35.6C (96.1F) at Bawtry in South Yorkshire.


To this day Bawtry still holds the record for the hottest September temperature anywhere in the UK.

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