Can The October Heatwave Be Linked to Climate Change?
HOT weather in October. You betcha. But can it be attributed to global warming or climate change?
The temperature of 29.9c (85.82f) in Gravesend, Kent was the hottest October day recorded since its records began in 1910, beating the previous record of 29.4C (84.9F) recorded on 1 October 1985, in March, Cambridgeshire.
Channel 4 calls the weather “wacky:
The heat is on across the UK as temperatures reach record-breaking levels. But it isn’t necessarily climate change – just the “wacky British weather”, a Met Office spokeswoman tells Channel 4 News.
Not necessarily climate change – as in not at all climate change:
The Met Office spokeswoman says:
“It’s just normal variability… the normal wacky British weather.”
Couple Charlotte Hagan from Carlisle and John-Scott Clark from London enjoy a kiss in the sun in Trafalgar Square in London, as Britain sizzled again in the record-breaking mini heatwave.
A cyclist relaxes in St James’s Park in London, as temperatures in the country soared far above the seasonal average, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Canada geese flying over Bottoms Reservoir near to Hadfield, Derbyshire.
Member’s of the public are seen silhouetted as they walk along the beach at the coast of Seaburn, England, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Hot weather has brought people outside to make the most of the late season sun.(AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Children play in a fountain in the centre of Sheffield.
Members of the public enjoy the warm weather beside Virginia Water at The Royal Landscape, Surrey.
People enjoy the autumn hot weather in Battersea Park, South London.
Punters make their way along the River Cam at Granchester Meadows in Cambridgeshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011. See PA story: Weather . Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA