So I’ve been amongst the chattering classes again this week, in one of the posher parts of the country, and all the talk has been of global warming (the chattering classes sometimes go back to calling it ‘global warming’ rather than ‘climate change’ when it’s hot). I thought the global warming/climate change obsession was dying a death, but the recent UK heatwave has revived it. Just imagine: we’re having hot weather in July. The grass is yellow in July. Completely unnatural. Must be man-made. People I talked to were seriously worried.
But funnily enough, someone was showing photographs of when they were a kid. It was the early 80s, and they were in the backyard of their house. And what did I spot they nobody else did? The grass was yellow. Ahem.
And what about 1976? Consider these facts:
In 1976, there were 15 consecutive days when temperatures reached 89.6F (32C) or higher somewhere in the UK, according to the Met Office.
So far this year, there have been only two consecutive days when temperatures have hit 89.6F (32C) or higher: June 28 and June 29 …
In England and Wales, an average rainfall of zero was recorded on 16 days between June 1 and July 17, 1976.
By contrast, eight days of no rain were recorded between June 1 and June 30, 2018 (the latest available data).