We are often told that temperatures are becoming more extreme every time there is a heatwave, for instance here and here.. But always the other side of the coin, extreme cold waves, is conveniently ignored.
But when ALL extreme temperatures are taken into account, a totally different picture emerges:
Last year certainly saw a lot of extreme temperature days, 21 in all, which incidentally included 5 extreme cold days. But it certainly was not unprecedented, with 1995 featuring on top pf the chart, and 1963,1976, and 2010 at similar levels.
There is no long term trend and the past decade is no clearly different to the rest of the record.