June 28, 2007

So what happened to June then?

This time last year, it was blazing hot. Temperatures continuously in the high twenties for three whole weeks. Shorts, vests, and sandals all round. Sleeping out in the garden all day because it was warm enough to do so. Waking up every morning to the sun’s rays on your bed.

Why are there floods everywhere now and why am I shivering on my way in to work in the mornings?

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  1. Ian

    Global warming for you!

    Interestingly though, June on average has been no colder than last year, it just seems it because it hasn’t been sunny.

    29 Jun 2007, 09:02

  2. Liz S

    It’s been kinda nice not to have a nice June this year. Means that I’m not all jealous of people who have finished exams. At the same time, though, I wish it was nicer weather generally, and also I feel sorry for finalists who can’t enjoy their last post exam de-stress.

    29 Jun 2007, 12:48

  3. Bollocks has June not been any colder than last year… Last year it was boiling in june – I had to limit the clothing for fear of overheating. Just standing outside at midday would cause one to break into sweat. And could comfortably sleep outside overnight if desired. Admittedly the sun was always out which may have accentuated things, but this year is a completely different story.

    Although I suppose I am talking about perceived temperature, whilst a meteorologist such as yourself is probably talking about intrinsic temperature, i.e. energy of a specific molecule at a predefined point in space…

    29 Jun 2007, 23:55

  4. Ian

    Well I am talking about the temperature as measured by a thermometer in the shade (as all quoted temperatures are measured).

    It is obvious that in the sun it can be about 10 degrees hotter, and those are the temperatures that people remember.

    I will have a look at the June averages in work next week, but this year June has been a very warm & humid month – it hasn’t ever been cold rain!! (The warmth is part of the reason for the rain – if it had have been colder it wouldn’t have rained so much!!)

    30 Jun 2007, 15:21

  5. Ian

    Because I can reasonably call this 10 minutes work…...

    The average temperature (day & night) across England for June 2007 was 14.7 degrees.

    Whilst this is indeed colder than last year (15.6 degrees), it is still over 1 degree above the 30 year average 1971-2000 (13.6 degrees).

    That said, the last time there was a June average below that value was in 1999…...

    05 Jul 2007, 13:08

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