Summer warmth similar to 1976 in some areas

Monday 2 September 2013, 17:15

Paul Hudson Paul Hudson

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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    Comment number 2.

    So Linton-on-Ouse recorded a higher mean for June-August than the national mean (around 15.2 C)? Have I got that right?

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    Comment number 3.

    My wife and I have a very vivid memory of the 1976 heat wave. We remember temperatures into 3 figures when we were around the Dorking/Reigate area. Can't remember exactly the number and I guess it never made the official record.

    We kept ourselves cool by spraying a water mist above us. A trick I learnt in Phoenix AZ.

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    Comment number 4.

    I had the feeling the summer was around about 1976. We went to Bournemouth for two weeks , which would have made the summer warmer than if we had stayed in Sheffield all summer. Funny how then they were talking about a mini ice age.

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    Comment number 5.

    An interesting summary, Paul; many thanks. But why is the jet stream so far north? (I am pleased to see that the BBC is referring to the dynamics of the jet stream when this is relevant to a discussion about weather patterns.) In my new book "Invisible in the Storm: the role of mathematics in understanding weather" (co-authored by John Norbury and published by Princeton UP), we've tried to explain the behaviour of the jet stream in the context of Rossby waves. But I've seen little in terms of an explanation of the northerly position of the jet this summer. Any clues?

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    Comment number 6.

    finally ... the BBQ summer we've been promised for so long. Did any one of the usual suspects (Met/Piers etc) predict this in Spring or earlier?


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