How Do The Summers Of 1976 & 2018 Compare
September 6, 2018
By Paul Homewood
A lot of people have said they remember the summer of 1976 being hotter than this year. And they would be right.
According to CET data, at their peak temperatures went much higher and for longer than they did this summer. The only factor that kept the two summer remotely close was that in 1976 temperatures fell away during the middle of July to below average for a while.
Looking at the distribution of the hottest days, we see that 1976 won hands down, with seventeen days of 28C and over, compared to just five this year.
Temperatures peaked at 33.2C in 1976, still a record for CET. This year they only made it to 30.7C.
By contrast, there were also five days below 17C in 1976, as against just one this year.
It is fair to say that the hot weather has been much more constant this summer, at least until the last week of August, In 1976, however, the heatwave was concentrated into three episodes.
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September 6, 2018 at 09:42AM