[Updated – see below]
Last year my Nasturtiums turned black following an unusual late August frost. As the blue moon crossed a clear sky on Thursday night again came the cold into the 30s Fahrenheit, something quite unexpected this far south. I have to pinch myself that it’s August in the morning. But I am not surprised.
The headline for the WeatherAction July forecast was Wild changes and contrasts…End month wet and unusually cold. Yep.
This should also be taken in the context of the heated hype at the beginning of the month and of course the cold start to June.
Mark Vogan writes
This has been a disappointing summer for many, particularly for western and northern parts of the British Isles and Ireland. However, from a meteorological standpoint, it’s been fascinating, quite extreme and probably has been one of the weirdest and most extreme that I can remember.
We started with the UK’s hottest July reading of 36.7C at Heathrow, remember? Since then we’ve witnessed record cold nights and days and for folks in more southern parts of England and Wales, this morning may well have been the coldest temperature ever recorded in July [this was confirmed by the BBC this evening – see image above]. So we started hottest and possibly end coldest for some…
Paul Homewood has picked up on the story
and I’ve asked the Met Office, via their blog (currently awaiting moderation – as it’s the weekend it may not appear until Monday), further about the record
Hi there, There was a graphic up on the BBC weather report yesterday evening showing a record low for July of 1°C for southern England. What station was that recorded at and what/where was the previous record? Thanks Craig
It seems the site was South Newington in Oxfordshire with a population at the last census of ~266 so UHI prone 😉
Paul Hudson has some thoughts
The month started with so much promise, with Heathrow recording 36.7C on the 1st, establishing a new July UK record.
It was one of many new July records across the country, with no fewer than four established in our region, most notably Sheffield, with data back to 1882.
But after the record heat of the 1st, records were set for the cold on the morning of the 31st July, including Exeter airport in Devon and Benson in Oxfordshire.
Closer to home, the mercury fell to 3.5C at Topcliffe, which is a new record, although the data set at this North Yorkshire observing site is short.