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The Climate Scaremongers: Are Mid-20°C Temperatures In May Unusual?

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The following is excerpted from Paul Homewood’s weekly roundup of the climate doomsters. Homewood debunks the Met Office’s claim that hot days in May are more common because of global warming. –CCD Ed.

This was the question the Met Office asked a couple of weeks ago in a post on their blog: “The UK’s hottest day of 2022 so far was recorded at Heathrow with 27.5°C today (17 May 2022), leading to an interest in how often we record these kinds of temperatures in the UK during May.

“Mike Kendon, from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, puts this latest temperature recording into context.” [bold, links added]

Yes, they manage to mention Heathrow and still keep a straight face!

Naturally, the Met Office goes on to claim that these temperatures are now more common because of global warming. In reality, their own data does not support this contention.

SEE ALSO: Met Office Caught Lying About Britain’s ‘Hottest May Evah’ (2018)

The question is, in any case, inane. Temperatures in the mid-20s may be common in the South East but would be rare in Cromarty. Trying to compare data from different stations is like comparing chalk and cheese.

According to the official European Climate Assessment & Dataset (ECA&D), the number of days over 25°C has changed little over the years in Central England.

The chart below runs only to 2020, but no days have gotten anywhere near 25°C in the last two Mays, with the highest only reaching 22.8°C:

No Trends In Hot Days In May, Despite Met Office Misinformation

If we look at the highest May temperatures each year, there has been nothing remarkable at all happening in recent years. The highest temperatures were set in the 1940s and 50s.

What is noticeable, however, is that we don’t seem to get the exceptionally cold days anymore. In other words, the climate in May is more benign and less extreme than in the past.

A classic example of this was May 1944 when the record UK temperature for the month of 32.8C was set:

United Kingdom: Highest daily maximum temperature records in May https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-climate-extremes

Notably, however, May 1944 as a whole was close to average temperatures, with two extremely cold spells and heavy frost.

Temperatures dropped to just 22F in England, an astonishingly low figure by any account, as the Met Office weather report of the time highlighted:

This was extreme weather in anybody’s books. And you will no doubt recall that just a week after that heatwave, the weather became extremely stormy as D-Day came and went.

Nowadays the Met Office would rather discuss temperatures next to the runway at Heathrow!

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