As New Zealand shivers in the coldest temperatures for more than 60 years (if it was hot temperatures the scare-mongerers would be claiming it was catastrophic global warming) the poms are suffering an apparent record breaking heat wave.
The Met Office’s claim that July 1 was the hottest July day on record has fallen flat after climate bloggers discovered that the temperature peak may have been caused by a plane landing at Heathrow.
Early July saw Britain basking in a brief heatwave, with air temperatures across much of south and east England hitting the mid 30’s centigrade. On July 1, the Met Office announced that the UK had recorded the hottest July day on record, with temperatures hitting 36.7° centigrade at Heathrow airport.
The claim was widely repeated in the media – the BBC’s headline read “Hottest July day ever recorded in UK”, while The Guardian opted for a live blog under the headline “Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest July day on record”.
But eagle-eyed climate bloggers immediately spotted a problem with the so-called ‘record’: it was measured at Heathrow airport, where the hot tarmac and plane engines pumping out hot air can raise local temperatures by as much as two degrees. Read more »