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An April forecast from the Independent’s environment editor:

The possibility is growing that Britain in 2007 may experience a summer of unheard-of high temperatures, with the thermometer even reaching 40C, or 104F, a level never recorded in history …

This would be quite outside all historical experience, but entirely consistent with predictions of climate change.

A tennis commentator on Nine just mentioned that Britain was currently enduring “the worst rain-affected Wimbledon since 1982.”

Posted by Tim B. on 07/04/2007 at 11:04 AM
    1. See? It’s all that terrorism, graffiti, crime and dog mess, I tells you.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 07 04 at 11:19 AM • permalink


    1. And rain has stopped play in the one dayer at Edgbaston. TV shots of the crowd show them rugged up like eskimos.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 07 04 at 11:33 AM • permalink


    1. You won’t hear from Flannery about it, but last month was the coldest June since the 1950’s. Australia June 2007 climate summary.  Global warming?? What utter drivel.  It’s just the weather, get over it.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 04 at 11:35 AM • permalink


    1. Yes I’d say there is a cllimate change (man made) heatwave happening right now in London

      Get the sunscreen out! (and the umbrella, wellies, coat, scarf, beanie, thermal undies)

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 07 04 at 11:37 AM • permalink


    1. What do you expect?  The Gore is in town…

      Posted by HisHineness on 2007 07 04 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. 104F.  Why, my God, the asphalt will melt off the roads and run in rivulets down to the sea.  Wheat fields will go up in flames.  Anyone caught outdoors will fry like pork skins in pigfat.  University professors will have to doff their leather-elbowed tweed jackets and cardigans.  It’s the end of life as Britain knows it.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 04 at 11:41 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, uh… you say Al Gore is presently on the sceptred isle?  Never mind, then.  Best keep the tweed jackets and cardigans on.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 04 at 11:43 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah, well, if we humans weren’t so “greedy” with the sun, maybe it would shine more in Britain.

      Somebody please, please, tell me that this is a parody….

      Posted by deblucar on 2007 07 04 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. #8 I would, but that would be lying. Lying is bad.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 04 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. #8—Hey, Exxon patented the Sun back in 1974, buddy.  Just be thankful we let you have what you have…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 04 at 12:27 PM • permalink


    1. So THAT’s why my granny-in-law loaded up on Exxon stock!

      Having inherited a bit, it’s been fun to watch it keep setting record highs.  TAKE THAT, GAIA!!

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 07 04 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. Exxon owns the sun?! But, but, but, this guy I met just sold it to me.  And he’s a high ranking Nigerian official—they would never lie.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 07 04 at 12:43 PM • permalink


    1. I love the line “never recorded in history”. It implies that temperatures have been recorded as long as history. Utter rubbish. Odds are that when Roman Britain was producing wine, they hit those temperatures; they just didn’t have a way to measure it.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 07 04 at 01:18 PM • permalink


    1. #13, Ah, but RobC, you’re forgetting that for many greenies, real history began in the ‘60s, except for some collateral history that began in Russia round about 1917, and some minor stuff that started happening with the advent of the Industrial Revolution.  Everything else is irrelevant.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 04 at 01:25 PM • permalink


    1. Nah, greenie history began in the 80s…that whole “coming ice age” thing from the 60s and 70s has been completely wiped from memory.

      Posted by PW on 2007 07 04 at 01:39 PM • permalink


    1. Is the Independant one of those Supermaket Tabloids??

      Posted by Torontosteve on 2007 07 04 at 02:53 PM • permalink


    1. torontosteve—That’s an insult to the Weekly World News.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 04 at 03:27 PM • permalink


    1. entirely consistent with predictions of climate change.

      The more climate changes, the more it stays the same.  In French, cherchez la femme.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 07 04 at 04:03 PM • permalink


    1. Extreme cold and rain is also entirely consistent with predictions of climate change.

      Which are kind of like horoscopes.

      Posted by fidens on 2007 07 04 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. The Independent’s.  Environmental.  Editor.

      Hmmm.  I wonder if he’s objective?

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 07 04 at 10:04 PM • permalink


    1. #20 That movie Groundhog Day must have hit weather reporters pretty hard. Who wants to report that tomorrow will be 78(f) and partly cloudy when you can join the rest of your colleagues in reporting the falling of the sky every day?

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 04 at 10:39 PM • permalink


    1. #4 Aussiemagpie

      Hey, girl! How’s global warming been treating you?

      /Currently listening to and watching the extremely illegal industrial strength fireworks being shot off by the neighbors in total disregard for the law.

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 07 04 at 10:50 PM • permalink


    1. #22 Swampwoman

      G’day! Good to see you here! If you happen to see this I’m looking forward to posting here when you are here too

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 07 05 at 12:48 AM • permalink


    1. #22

      I’m listening to the ruckus, smelling the smoke, and blessing my tile roof.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 07 05 at 01:26 AM • permalink


    1. *20 wrongright ican assure you the independent environment editor is deinitely bent. this week he’s been getting stuck into his comrades at the BBC who dared to release a survey showing the brits were getting pissed off with all the bad news being fed to. them by gore and poo rates as a bigger concern tha GW with mant brits.

      independent is further left than the guardian which takes them off the planet

      Posted by watty on 2007 07 05 at 01:50 AM • permalink


    1. Aussie, bein’ as we’re on completely different schedules, that may be difficult but I’m going to give it a go.

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 07 05 at 01:53 AM • permalink


    1. #24 Achilles

      Grin. Yeah, good thing tomorrow is a work day and the celebrations subsided relatively early because there were entirely too many guns bein’ shot into the air for my comfort level. While I’m a big proponent of the 2nd amendment and own many firearms myself, I’ve always been mindful of Newton’s law of gravity.

      /And I invented a whole new category of filthy language after a mare I was trying to calm and place in cross ties to prevent her from harming herself on the fences decided to go through me in a mad dash for anywhere away from the noise (louder than shotgun blasts) and flashes of light.

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 07 05 at 02:06 AM • permalink


    1. #26 Swampwoman

      Hey here we are – at the same time! Goodness you’re up early

      I was so happy to see your nic on a thread a few days ago

      And how did you find Tim’s blog? Via LGF?

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 07 05 at 02:55 AM • permalink


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