Our Global Boiling Summer Was As Hot As 1857!

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By Paul Homewood

It seems an age since we had a couple of weeks of nice weather in June, which naturally had the Met Office leaping up and down to blame on climate change:

June has been confirmed as the hottest on record for the UK.

A rapid study by Met Office scientists found the chance of observing a June beating the previous record of 14.9°C, like we have this year, has at least doubled since the period around 1940. The previous record of 14.9°C was recorded in 1940 and 1976.


They knew, of course, that it was not the hottest on record, because they have the Central England Temperature series, and this dates back further their UK records.

And according to CET, June 1846 was more than a degree hotter. It was also hotter in 1676, 1822 and 1826. That, of course, demolished their claims about global warming.

As I pointed out at the time, the average temperature in June was high because of the quirks of the calendar. Relatively warm, sunny weather pretty much lasted all month, before quickly disappearing at the beginning of July. At no stage however did temperatures reach unusually high levels.


The Met Office made a big play of the fact that June 2023 was hotter than 1976part of the well-known summer of 1976.

It was grossly dishonest to even compare with 1976, because the heatwave only got going in the last week of June that year. When it did get going, temperatures peaked several degrees above this year, and the hot spell lasted well into July:


As we can also see, there was another long heatwave in August 1976.

And despite all of that global boiling in June, the summer of 2023 ended up pretty unexceptional, barely above the 30-yr average, no warmer than 1857 and 1859. There have been 38 years with summer temperatures as high or higher.


There is an unmistakeable takeaway from these charts. This is the fact that average summer temperatures continue to fail to beat 1976, even if hot summers have tended to become more common.

And there is a good reason for this – hot summers are the result of dry, sunny weather, not global warming.

In other words, weather, not climate.