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Costa de Whitby?! Heatwave of late Sept/early Oct 1908


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    There was an exceptional late heatwave that ran from the end of September and into early October 1908. A very warm southerly flow flooded the country around a high pressure to the east of UK. Here are the record maxima that were recorded.

    28.9C was recorded on the 1st of October 1908 and this was the record until it was beaten in 1985

    30th Sept 1908: 27.8C

    2nd Oct 1908: 28.1C

    3rd Oct 1908: 28.3C

    4th Oct 1908: 28.3C

    The most sensational part of it is that Whitby recorded the highest maximum in the UK for the first 4 days of October 1908: 28.9C, 28.1C, 28.3C, 28.3C. Residents of Whitby at the time must have wondered what hit them.

    The CET mean for that period 29th Sept-4th Oct 1908 was 17.8C

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    From the Times of 2nd October 1908

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    Other maxima recorded during that period

    York

    29th Sep: 20C

    30th Sep: 23.9C

    1st Oct: 26.7C

    2nd Oct: 23.3C

    3rd Oct: 22.8C

    4th Oct: 24.4C

    Leith: 23.9C (3rd)

    Camden Square: 26.1C (2nd)

    Tenterden: 25.6C (2nd)

    Pitsford: 25.2C (2nd)

    North Cadbury: 27.5C (2nd)

    Bath: 24.9C (1st and 2nd)

    Ross on Wye: 25.3C (1st)

    Southport: 25.6C (1st)

    Edinburgh: 24.6 C (1st)

    Edington: Above 21C on 9 days, 26.7C on the 1st

    Sowerby Bridge: 27.2C (1st)

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Yes, it is astonishing that Whitby was the warmest place in Britain each day! The synoptic setup was pretty much ideal for heat and sunshine on the east coast of northern England by the looks of it- anticyclonic south/south-westerly, which keeps sea breezes at bay and can even introduce a slight fohn effect.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Glaisher screen temperatures for Camden Square

    29th Sept: 23.9C

    30th Sept: 26.1C

    1st Oct: 25.3C

    2nd Oct: 26.1C

    3rd Oct: 25.5C

    4th Oct: 24.4C

    Other occasions that Camden Square recorded maxima of 75F or over up to that point from Sept 29th onwards

    Sept 29th 1869: 24.4C

    Sept 29th 1895: 25.1C

    Sept 30th 1895: 25.3C

    4th Oct 1859: 27.2C

    4th Oct 1886: 26.0C

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)

    in these years of hot endings to september and early on in october what have the winters been like?

    Oct 1985 was followed by the sub-zero February of 1986..not a clue about winter 1908-09

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  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
  • Location: just behind Epsom Racecourse and the center of York
    3 hours ago, Weather-history said:

    From Guardian of 3rd October 1908

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    From the Observer of 4th October 1908

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    Somehow I don't think we will see 'lamp time for cyclists' again

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  • Location: halifax 125m
  • Weather Preferences: extremes the unusual and interesting facts
  • Location: halifax 125m

    Whitby  is similar to North Wales and gets a strong Fohn effect on southerly winds off the North Yorkshire moors.It was a similar case in March 1965 where Whitby recorded  the March all time record of 25 deg .

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire
    41 minutes ago, hillbilly said:

    Whitby  is similar to North Wales and gets a strong Fohn effect on southerly winds off the North Yorkshire moors.It was a similar case in March 1965 where Whitby recorded  the March all time record of 25 deg .

    I was going to mention the extra-ordinary weather of late March 1965 at Whitby. I know Whitby well and can confirm that when the wind is in a southerly direction off the NY moors, it can feel incredibly mild / warm there. I will not comment on the feeling when the wind is from the North, North East or East! 

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