by P. Homewood, Sept.2, 2019 in NotaLotofPeopleKnowThat
To read the headlines in the last month or two, you would think we had been having a Mediterranean summer.
The truth is much more mundane however.
The numbers for last month’s CET are now out. August ended up at 17.1C, meaning that there have been 32 Augusts as warm or warmer. Last month was no warmer than 1801, 1842 and 1932.
Summer as a whole ranked 48th hottest, tied with 1935.
The summer of 1976 still remains top of the list, but second hottest was way back in 1826.
Indeed there have been warmer summers on 28 occasions prior to 1900. Notably, one such summer was 1666, the 18th warmest. That was, of course, the year of the Great Fire of London, which swept through London between the 2nd and 6th of September.