Ed Hawkins, climate prof from Exeter on 🐦 :
"Central England has daily mean temperature observations every day going back to 1772.
Before the latest heatwave, the hottest daily average ever recorded was 25.2°C.
This heatwave obliterated that record, provisionally reaching 28.1°C."
@VictorVenema As much as I intellectually understand the issue here, my emotional response is "28 lol" as I melt in 40-something degrees.
I know it's dumb, no need to tell me.
That may make it feel paradoxical to talk about the mean temperature of a day.
Especially when it comes to heat waves this could be counter-productive. A large part of the mortality in heat waves is because people cannot sleep multiple nights. So it is more related to the minimum temperature than the maximum temperature.
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