Britain – Coldest month of May in 300 years

Weeks of wet weather to come.

“Central England temperatures so far this month average 8.6C, 1.6C below normal,” says this article on

“The last time May was colder was in 1698, at 8.5C over the whole month.”

With 5cm (2 inches) of rain in just 24 hours (a month’s worth of rain in one day), the Met Office has warned that “weeks of wet weather ahead could wash out the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.”

Little Age, anyone?

See entire article:
Thanks to Anthony Watts for this link

“Children just won’t know what dry and warm weather is,” says Anthony.

30 thoughts on “Britain – Coldest month of May in 300 years

  1. hope they remembered the drainage at the olympic stadium.. if they followed warmistas advice , like australia, they will be a bit boggy:-)

  2. Exactly and in the maunder minimum time Britain experienced also on of the warmest days on record isn’t it?

  3. Now it is a domino-effect once it gets colder, the colder it will get and the more ice the more sun rays are deflecting.

  4. Just think about how cold it would have been without all the evil SUV’s and factories LOL

    This May sounds like what I’ve read about regarding a famine the UK and northern Europe had in the 14th century at the beginning of the Little Ice Age.

    • D-man

      We are still officially ‘in drought’, as that is for us to a considerable degree measured by groundwater supplies, as many regions of the country have that as their water supply, rather than reservoirs or running river water.

      We’ve certainly had plenty of rain in the past 6 weeks to start to address the dry two years before, but it will take 5 – 6 months before a significant amount ends up in the aquifers.

      What we can say, though, is that there’s absolutely no need to use hosepipes at all at this time. I’ve never seen more lush grass in mid-May, the earth is the deepest brown I’ve seen it in years.

    • The English are prone to exaggeration.

      A few days without rain is almost a deought – and 2 inches of rain in a day – c’mon.

      We had almost 10 years of drought throughout the 2000’s culminating in events such as more than 4 inches of rain in an hour.

      I saw a syory about something happening in 1977 – a step change in temperatures which meant the temperature anomalies aren’t an ever increasing upward slope but rather flat with an abrupt jump in 1977.

      I remember 1977 as a different year – after the flooding in Australia from 1974 on 1977 was a very dry year – something did happen then as we had a prolonged period of unusual weather with hot dry summers and prolonged wet mild winters for a long time – instead of our usual wet humid summers and clear cool dry winters.

      Back to the 70’s now since late 2008 early 2010 though.

    • Off the top of my head, we’ve just had the warmest March on record, followed by the wettest April on record (after “they” declared a drought in SE England, though that was based on the previous 18 months of low rainfall), and now Eastern and Central England are experiencing what could well be the coldest May on record by the end of the month.

      The UK weather is VERY variable because we are on the join of 4 major airmasses – as those airmasses shift, so does our weather. And even though we’re a small country, the geography is very varied. Combine the 2 and you can get tremendous variations across the UK season by season – or even day by day. At the moment West Wales is quite mild, and will probably not have a cold May. And we are just 200 miles from record breaking May cold!

      Be interesting to see how we fair as we (probably) descend into a Mini Ice Age.

      • Here,here, – UK weather is prone to some rapidly changing extremes and as such is not representative of global or even regional climate.
        I’d suggest that the cooling of the S hemisphere climate will be reflected in the N shortly. Many of the indicators point towards a repeat of the Dalton or even the Maunder Minimum but the history books describe some LIA winters without a frost in the UK but also there were summers with much cloud and persistent rains and very short growing seasons.
        IMO one must be careful to observe without forming too definite an opinion about climate trends.

  5. Imagine Prince Charles leading the Thames Armada in the splendid row boat that he had built for the parade of ships in June.

  6. coldest may in 300 years(WOW),and only 10 days have gone by? I thought there were 31days in may?

  7. I do not wish our British brothers and sisters ill. Truly I don’t. But, with the Olympics this summer, an event that the whole world will be paying attention to, a cooler wet summer would be perfect. It will be fun to watch the global warming trying to explain it away.

  8. The definitive key to all this really is those sunspot numbers. If they continue downward, and even given an El Nino/La Nina couple of years, cooling just hangs around…and then rapidly intensifies—the fit will hit the shan. Every politico or academic who bought into the big lie, will be pilloried beyond belief while the global economy craters in the cold.

    • Hi WTS. Sunspot numbers are definitely crucial. Piers Corbyn at uses the interaction between the sun, moon and earth to produce the most accurate long range forecasts I’ve seen. He’s does make an interesting observation though: “First notice we are in an EVEN solar cycle and there is virtually no correlation between solar activity and world temps (unlike in ODD cycles where it happens).” He’s being quite specific here, talking about world temps. and not extreme weather events, which will be affected by solar activity in both odd and even cycles. I’m not qualified to discuss such interactions, but I’m sure your input would be very welcome on his forum. Best wishes, Nick

  9. Reading the article, I’d say the Met Office don’t have a clue what’s going to happen but are happy to supply the media with a story which will catch the eye……

  10. Well, here in Scotland it has been like a winter’s day. The thermometer has hovered between five and seven degrees c in the south west with heavy rain and a brisk north east wind. Seemingly further north they’ve had lower temperatures and wet snow over the higher ground.

    Usually in the south west the thermometer would be sitting around fourteen to sixteen degrees c whilst during the recent warm period eighteen to twenty degrees were not unheard of at this time of year however, the latter has not been reached for a few years now.

    I would say that Mother Nature has given the AGW squad, IPCC and the environmentalists the proverbial cold shoulder.

  11. There’s still 3 weeks left in May so we’ll have to wait and see how things pan out. At my location, Belfast, today was colder than the temperature we had on Christmas Day, i.e. about 6C below the norm for this time of the year.
    If this chilly weather continues for much longer, we may have problems with our cereal crops, even the hardier ones like oats.

      • Okay fair enough. Just wondering what they were measuring it with. I know there were some alcohol based psuedo-thermometers but neither the Farenheit nor the Celius scale had been invented. For that matter neither had the much more accurate mercury thermometer.

  12. Just to put things into perspective. Anthony has said, “Children just won’t know what dry and warm weather is,”

    I could be wrong with my dates however, I think it was the winter of 2006 -2007 that leading environmentalists said, “Children wouldn’t know what snow was.”

    Going on the last few winters children certainly know what snow is.

  13. The only place, IMO, that any periodicity in geo climatic events can arise from is from planetary orbits. Look and you will find. This is the only force in the solar system of the time scales of observed periodicity that fit. i e modulation of the gravitional and magnetic effects.

    • Hi Quentin. Interesting point. Piers Corbyn at uses the interaction of the sun, moon and earth to generate the most accurate long range forecasts I’ve seen. Be interesting to consider how this might be modified by planetary orbits to produce ice-ages and interglacials. Plus of course any effects of our position relative to the galactic plane, and any activity from galactic centre (see Dr. Paul LaViolette’s book “Earth Under Fire”). I’d guess that any effects would vary tremendously from time to time, depending on the relative positions of the various bodies. Plus of course how active galactic centre is – inactive = no effect, mega active could mean massive effect, even overwhelming the effects of sun, moon and planets. It will be fascinating watching this story unfold as we learn more. Best wishes, Nick

  14. It’s a bit early to call this the coldest May in 300 years … on the 9th! of the month.
    Let’s wait and see on the 31st?
    Does have the data on when the temp was 8.6 during the first 8 days of May?

  15. D-Man: yes, we did have drought and in spite of the constant rain recently in the drought-stricken areas of the south, east and midlands, the Government still insists they have to keep a hosepipe ban because of water shortage in the aquifers. We shall probably all be drowning before they change their minds!

  16. Point of order. Dan Farenheit didn’t invent the mercury thermometer until 1714. Mr. Celcius didn’t come up with his scale until 1742 and centigrade wasn’t proposed until 1743.
    Just curious how they get the numbers for 1698? Not saying they can’t just curious as to how.

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