‘It’s like 1976!’ we say.

The same long hot summer. The drought. The way life moves outside and to the cooler parts of the day; to the evenings and mornings.

Except that in an important way, it isn’t like 1976 at all.

I came across these two temperature maps on Twitter today. This is 1976:

The UK is hot for sure – but the rest of the world is carrying as normal.

This is 2018:

Thanks to Simon Lee (@SimonLeeWx) for the maps.