Temperatures in the UK exceed 40.2 °C (104.3 °F) for the first time on record

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A provisional temperature of 40.2 °C (104.3 °F) was recorded at Heathrow, UK at 12:50 LT on July 19, 2022, which, if confirmed, will beat the previous record of 38.7 °C (101.6 °F) set in 2019 by 1.5 °C (2.7 °F).

With temperatures continuing to climb through the afternoon we will have to wait to see what the new record will actually be.

New temperature records could also be set for Wales and Scotland, UK Met Office said.1

The first-ever Red Extreme Heat warning is still in place across parts of England and a more extensive Amber Extreme heat warning, covering much of England, Wales and southern Scotland.

With the extreme heat today comes the risk of thunderstorms, particularly in parts of the southwest today and, later, the northeast of England.

A Yellow Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of the Southeast tomorrow.

“We are continuing to see exceptional temperatures in the UK today and it is important people plan for the heat and consider changing their routines. This level of heat can have adverse health effects,” said Neil Armstrong, Met Office Chief Meteorologist.

Temperatures are expected to start to return closer to normal for the time of year as we go through the rest of the week with cooler air pushing across the country from the west.

“We have seen temperature records tumbling. A new UK national climate temperature record should be a rare occurrence, and we would normally expect a new record to only exceed the previous one by a fraction of a degree,” the head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, Mark McCarthy, said.2

“However, yesterday we saw 39 stations across a large swathe of England exceed the previous highest daily temperature extreme, with the highest exceeding the previous record – set in Cambridge in July 2019 – by a remarkable 1.6 °C (2.8 °F).”

“A factor of the recent extreme hot spell were the overnight temperatures which also broke previous records by a large margin with Kenley Airfield, Greater London recording a minimum of 25.8 °C (78.4 °F) beating the previous record by 1.9 °C (3.4 °F).

“At country and regional level the previous two days has also seen Wales and Scotland produce new national maximum temperature records.”

Image credit: UK Met Office


1 Record breaking temperatures for the UK – UK Met Office – July 19, 2022

2 Reflecting on an historic spell for weather and climate – UK Met Office – July 20, 2022

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  1. Propaganda. The United Kingdom heatwave of 1911 was a particularly severe heat wave and associated drought. Records were set around the country for temperature in England, including the highest accepted temperature, at the time, of 36.7 °C (98.1 °F), only broken 79 years later in the 1990 heatwave, which reached 37.1 °C (98.8 °F). The highest ever accepted temperature is currently 38.7 °C (101.7 °F) recorded on 25 July 2019 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. This provisional temperature of 40.2 °C (104.3 °F) recorded at Heathrow, UK at 12:50 LT on July 19, 2022 is an inflated, tampered value as is usual with official sources, peddling the global warming ideology.

    About one half of all land surface temperature measurements used to show global warming and promote the command-and-control Net Zero agenda are taken near or adjacent to airport runways. This amazing fact from research by Professor Ross McKitrick casts further serious doubt on the validity of three major global temperature datasets, including the one compiled by the Met Office, which continue to show higher global temperatures compared with other reliable measurements made by satellites and meteorological balloons.

    The Met Office has added 30% extra heating to the recent temperature record and cooled past records since 2013. ‘Hottest’ years ever are declared, despite the fact that the U.K. was actually colder in the 2010s than the 2000s. The global temperature pause from 1998 to around 2012 has been adjusted out of the fifth edition of HadCRUT, although it is still obvious from the satellite and balloon record. According to the satellite record, rarely mentioned in the mainstream media, the recent run of global warming started to run out of steam over 20 years ago.

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