How hot was the UK?

I’m sharing this Washington Post article,  Britain’s freakish heat demolishes records. Here’s what happened, because they have inserted this excellent graphic from Robert Rhode of Berkeley Earth. The graph says it all, but if you prefer words:

The maximum temperature reached Tuesday in Coningsby, England — 130 miles north of London — was unlike anything the village had ever observed. It was an outlier in the truest sense: about 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) above the previous highest temperature.

You’ll find a couple of similar images on the Berkeley Earth’s Temperature Updates page. They are just as startling. Consider what it would be like if where you live hit 9 degrees about the current record high.

About Thomas J. Pfaff

Thomas J. Pfaff is a Professor of Mathematics at Ithaca College. He created this website because he believes that sustainability, ranging from climate change to social justice, should be included in all courses whenever possible.

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