Brize Norton, 33.5C

Posted: July 20, 2016 by tchannon in weather

Quickie Post by Tim

This must come as a disappointment to the Met Office, desperate for globules of warning. BBC say 34C

UK extremes
Parameter Location Value
Highest maximum temperature Brize Norton 33.5 °C
Lowest maximum temperature Lerwick 16.3 °C
Lowest minimum temperature Resallach 8.3 °C
Highest rainfall Fair Isle 4.4 mm
Sunniest Wattisham 15.2 hours

Issued at: 0002 on Wed 20 Jul 2016

In the surface stations list, yep

A check for change since 2012 via Google Earth, oh dear. This base deals with RAF transport, has been expanded.


Image Google, new T&C imply they want usage, is advertising. Use date facility to find this image and others. Needs proper GE software.

Area to right is huge.

Moi? Had an appointment at hospital in Oxford at 07:45 (am), don’t ask. Blue sky all over, drive there was okay in heavy commuting traffic. Nice lady asked one of her registrar’s to re-stitch my feeding tube. Man appears with needle and thread. Anaesthetic? Ho ho. 🙂
Done this early, ward rounds start at 8am. I’ve been in the ward twice so I know it all. Nice touch was no parking charge, less than an hour from start of paying.

Drive back home was okay, watch outside thermometer climb, 22C @ 9am, there after stay inside. Probably peaked 31C.

Wind was significant, I’m not that far from Brize Norton (Oxfordshire).

Post by Tim

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    BBC round up all temperatures, just in case.

  2. Bloke down the pub says:

    How many of those transport aircraft in the image could point their jet efflux at the weather station at any one time?

  3. tchannon says:

    Paul, Benson is the coldest place in the south but even there questions arise. Not that far from BN.

    I heard report Pershore reached 33.4C, also a disused airfield.

    Now, I’ve tried several times to post this via a tablet (not that kind), darn WordPress messes up and the browsers mess up. This is via a proper computer, temperature up here is nearly 29C. I must not get fried, still recovering from surgery. Don’t want to turn on the air con. (here for historical reasons, used to work at home)

  4. tchannon says:


    An unlikely problem so whilst in theory, short of engine tests, nope.

    All it takes is bad wind scour, dirty hot air from buildings and other human structures.

    If I manage to eventually do the Heathrow post all may become clear and sickening, lack of professionalism.

    The excess temperature is not great.

    Best not get me going over Brogdale, a farcical catalogue of incompetence and bigotry by the Met Office. I suspect today the MO. regret that cockup being on their record.

  5. craigm350 says:

    A few miles down the road a peak of 31.9°C at Reading University’s site:

    Was quite an intense poke of heat now thankfully gone (dew points hit nearly 20°C yesterday and buildings have trapped the heat slowly equalising again with outside). The peak was very still and cloudless but the breeze came back yesterday. Was expected to be warmest night but I see that didn’t happen although somewhere in top 5 warmest nights iirc). Quite noticable walking near concrete/tarmac/machinery when the wind picked up the heat how the breeze went from welcoming to in your face. It was comfortable enough in the shade most of yesterday unless downwind of ‘man made climate’.

    Does anyone know why heat/humidity is so difficult in the South? Heard many over the years say that – even those who live in tropics and are used to humidity. Is it the change we are not used to (a bit like the cold), inappropriate infrastructure or something else?

  6. don penman says:

    There is a data and then there is truth but we are told that data is truth even though data can be wrong or at least misleading. How much of the recent high temperatures was due to the urban heat island effect? How much due to hot air drifting in from the Sahara as was claimed. I am keeping a record of external and internal temperatures where I live in Lincoln UK. 17/7/16 (extmax)24.9 (extmin)15.9 (intmax)27.3 (intmin)23.2 18/7/16 28.5 15.7 29.9 24.7 19/7/16 29.3 17.7 31.5 27.5 20/7/16 29.0 19.9 31.6 28.7 21/7/16 26.5 18.6 32.0 29.0. I was treated for testicular cancer in 1999 and I am still here sixteen years later there is always hope.

  7. tchannon says:

    We are not used to extremes. There again must be said by those who do not know a real tropical night.

  8. suricat says:

    tchannon says: July 23, 2016 at 12:30 am

    “We are not used to extremes.”

    I disagree. The UK is subject to the ‘four winds’ for its expectation of ‘weather’ (and the ‘jet stream’ position).

    “There again must be said by those who do not know a real tropical night.”

    I concur. Latitudinal and longitudinal observation is dependant upon the ‘region’ under observation. ‘Regions’ should not be ‘averaged’ against one-another, but taken at ‘face value’ for their properties.

    Best regards, Ray.