Weathering Heights

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Oy Fish – get involved.

We can all remember an occasion when a bet has left us sweating, but for those who fancy a punt on what will be the hottest temperature of this summer, sweating could be the most desirable outcome of all.

Weather boffins will be aware that the highest ever temperature in the UK was recorded in Faversham, Kent eight years ago, when it reached a scorching 38.5°C (101.3F). However, few meteorologists are being bold enough to predict a record-breaking temperature this summer.

Whilst we had the hottest and driest spring on record, this doesn’t automatically equate to a similar situation for the summer. It simply meant that the sun concentrated its energy into warming air rather than evaporating water. For temperature however, prevailing winds and local airflow have greater significance.

The final weeks of June saw high temperatures around the UK with a top of 33.1°C (91.5F) recorded in Gravesend, Kent on the 27th. This means it has already been hotter this year than last year’s peak at 31.7°C  (89.0F) – also in Gravesend. (Forget Dubai – it appears Gravesend is really the place to go if you fancy some sun.)

Such brazen temperature climbing means Betfair have already eliminated 85-89.9F from their highest temperature market, leaving 90-94F now as the firm favourite, with money being taken at around 1.4. One piece of advice perhaps is to ignore the forecasters. The same charlatans who have the gumption to warn us of climate change in 100 years time, rarely get even the next day’s prediction correct.

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