1995 Great Britain and Ireland heat wave

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1995 United Kingdom and Ireland heat wave
Dates 28 June - 22 August
Areas affected United Kingdom and Ireland
Highest temperature 35.2 °C (95.4 °F) at Boxworth, Cambridgeshire[1]

The 1995 United Kingdom and Ireland heat wave was a severe weather event that occurred between late July and late August, and was part one of the warmest summers recorded in the UK,[2] and one of the warmest Augusts ever recorded in many locations around the UK, as well as being one of the driest summers ever recorded in the UK, with many weather stations having the Summer of 1995 drier than, or comparable with the Summer of 1976.[3] Ireland was also widely affected by the heatwave with temperatures reaching over 30 °C (86 °F) in some locations, as well as exceptionally low rainfall throughout the summer.[4]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the heat wave of 1995 currently marks the warmest August on record, and the 3rd warmest summer overall, behind 1976 and 1826. The CET Central England station recorded a daily mean temperature of 19.2 °C (66.6 °F)[5] and a mean daily maximum temperature of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F)[6] in August, and a daily mean temperature of 17.37 °C (63.27 °F) for the entire summer.[7]

Before the heatwave formed, a mini heatwave occurred between 28 and 30 June with a highest temperature recorded during this short period of 33.8 °C (92.8 °F) recorded on 30 June 1995 at Barbourne, Worcester.[8] Low rainfall was also widely recorded around the nation during the month of June with many stations reporting less than 50% of its average rainfall, with some locations reporting less than 20%.[9]

Station County / UA June 1995 rainfall amount[10]
Armagh County Armagh 28.9 millimetres (1.14 in)
Bradford Lister Park West Yorkshire 11.0 millimetres (0.43 in)
Cardiff Bute Park Cardiff 08.9 millimetres (0.35 in)
Durham County Durham 16.2 millimetres (0.64 in)
Heathrow Greater London 12.0 millimetres (0.47 in)
Ringway Greater Manchester 27.9 millimetres (1.10 in)
Shawbury Shropshire 13.2 millimetres (0.52 in)
Sheffield South Yorkshire 11.3 millimetres (0.44 in)
Southampton Southampton 11.2 millimetres (0.44 in)
Sutton Bonington Nottinghamshire 11.7 millimetres (0.46 in)
Waddington Lincolnshire 17.8 millimetres (0.70 in)
Whitby North Yorkshire 25.6 millimetres (1.01 in)
Yeovilton Somerset 10.8 millimetres (0.43 in)

July 1995 then continued the hot weather, with an average daily temperature of 18.6 °C (65.5 °F) meaning that it is the 7th warmest July in the CET records back to 1659.[11] It was very dry too, with most places recording less than 30% of average rainfall.[12] Days frequently reached above 30 °C (86 °F), culminating at 33 °C (91 °F) on the 31st. Higher temperatures were recorded in August, though. [13]


During the heatwave, many locations around the UK recorded peak temperatures at the start of August. The highest temperature recorded during the heatwave was 35.2 °C (95.4 °F) recorded on 1 August 1995 at Boxworth, Cambridgeshire.[14] After this, most of the United Kingdom were still under warm temperatures around or above 25 °C (77 °F), until temperatures rose again as high as 33.8 °C (92.8 °F) which was recorded at Barbourne, Worcester. Towards the end of the hot spell, temperatures rose up to 30 °C (86 °F) in many parts of the country. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire recorded 3 consecutive days above 32 °C (90 °F) from 20 to 22 August, with the highest temperature at 33.6 °C (92.5 °F) on 22 August.

During the month of August, much of the United Kingdom were suffering from drought conditions, with most parts of the UK recording less than 30% of its average rainfall, and less than 20% for most parts of England. Many weather stations around the United Kingdom didn't record a single day of rain to the value of ≥ 1.0 mm.

Station County / UA August 1995 rainfall amount[15]
Aberporth Ceredigion 07.8 millimetres (0.31 in)
Armagh County Armagh 10.4 millimetres (0.41 in)
Ballypatrick Forest County Antrim 25.2 millimetres (0.99 in)
Bradford Lister Park West Yorkshire 06.7 millimetres (0.26 in)
Braemar Aberdeenshire 20.3 millimetres (0.80 in)
Camborne Cornwall 19.0 millimetres (0.75 in)
Cambridge NIAB Cambridgeshire 05.3 millimetres (0.21 in)
Cardiff Bute Park Cardiff 09.2 millimetres (0.36 in)
Chivenor Devon 16.8 millimetres (0.66 in)
Cwmystwyth Ceredigion 24.3 millimetres (0.96 in)
Dunstaffnage Argyll and Bute 26.5 millimetres (1.04 in)
Durham County Durham 14.2 millimetres (0.56 in)
Eastbourne East Sussex 00.7 millimetres (0.028 in)
Eskdalemuir Dumfries and Galloway 24.3 millimetres (0.96 in)
Heathrow Greater London 00.3 millimetres (0.012 in)
Hurn Dorset 04.7 millimetres (0.19 in)
Lerwick Shetland 49.5 millimetres (1.95 in)
Leuchars Fife 11.2 millimetres (0.44 in)
Lowestoft Suffolk 17.6 millimetres (0.69 in)
Manston Kent 13.9 millimetres (0.55 in)
Nairn Highland 15.4 millimetres (0.61 in)
Newton Rigg Cumbria 10.9 millimetres (0.43 in)
Oxford Oxfordshire 04.4 millimetres (0.17 in)
Paisley Renfrewshire 22.1 millimetres (0.87 in)
Ringway Greater Manchester 17.7 millimetres (0.70 in)
Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire 06.2 millimetres (0.24 in)
Shawbury Shropshire 07.8 millimetres (0.31 in)
Sheffield South Yorkshire 12.1 millimetres (0.48 in)
Southampton Southampton 04.6 millimetres (0.18 in)
Stornoway Airport Na h-Eileanan Siar 32.2 millimetres (1.27 in)
Sutton Bonington Nottinghamshire 05.7 millimetres (0.22 in)
Tiree Argyll and Bute 33.8 millimetres (1.33 in)
Valley Anglesey 11.1 millimetres (0.44 in)
Waddington Lincolnshire 05.9 millimetres (0.23 in)
Whitby North Yorkshire 03.4 millimetres (0.13 in)
Wick Airport Highland 16.8 millimetres (0.66 in)
Yeovilton Somerset 17.4 millimetres (0.69 in)

Aftermath[edit]

After the heat wave ended in August, the East and South of the United Kingdom received high amounts of rainfall in September, but another dry spell occurred mainly in the east of the United Kingdom. For the rest of 1995, most of the United Kingdom received below average amount of rainfall. Temperatures after the heatwave remained around average for the rest of the year except a record breaking cold spell from Christmas to New Year.[16]

Ireland[edit]

While temperatures were lower, Ireland experienced a similar weather pattern to that of the United Kingdom during the summer of 1995.

The Valentia Observatory and the weather station at Phoenix Park both recorded a daily mean temperature of 16.6 °C (61.9 °F), and was the warmest summer for over a century.

Kilkenny recorded a total of 27 days with temperatures over 25 °C (77 °F) during the heat wave compared to the 2.5 days that Kilkenny usually records,[17] and was one of the hottest parts of the country during the heatwave recording a temperature of 30.8 °C (87.4 °F). Like the United Kingdom, Ireland received exceptionally low rainfall, and was the driest summer on record for the weather stations at Malin Head, Casement and Cork Airport. The overall rainfall recorded during the summer at Phoenix Park was only 65.1 millimetres (2.56 in).[18]

The highest temperature recorded during the heatwave was 31.5 °C (88.7 °F) and was measured at Oak Park in County Carlow on 2 August. It is currently Ireland's hottest August temperature ever recorded along with Ballybrittas in County Laois, which recorded the same temperature back on 3 August 1975.[19]

County Station August 1995 maximum temperature[20] Date
Carlow Oak Park 31.5 °C (88.7 °F) 2
Clare Shannon Airport 29.8 °C (85.6 °F) 17
Cork Cork Airport 28.0 °C (82.4 °F) 3
Kilkenny Kilkenny 30.8 °C (87.4 °F) 2
Offaly Birr 29.4 °C (84.9 °F) 17 / 18

Impacts[edit]

Like the United Kingdom, Ireland has been experiencing drought conditions throughout the summer, which caused problems to potato farmers in rural areas, as they had difficulty watering crops due to water shortages. Several areas around Ireland have also been issued hosepipe bans and residents have been asked not to hose lawns due to drought conditions.

References[edit]

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