Although it is a shame that nothing can be verified, i can believe it or not understand that the record is questioned. However, were the newspaper reports included? One thing that stood out that goes against the reading was that at 9pm it still was above one hundred (Fahrenheit) . On a day of 50 plus, i would expect 9pm to still be in the high 40s unless a storm hit. Were there storms to the northwest that made other areas cooler
Blair Trewin I know is a genuine guy doing his job. Quality control of data was required according to the WMO I guess.
The reasons though for the quality control being in the modern era is questionable - why it took so long snd now it is extremely important!
Furthermore, why were records thrown out! Never should records ever be thrown out by a scientific organisation as it can be used in future papers or studies.
Anyway, it’s pointless as you cannot ascertain anything from this without hard evidence.
In terms of chickens dying, the egg farm owners where i lived for most of my life across the road used to wet the shed with sprinklers at 38C. For 1000 to be dead (nice round figures) that perhaps requires prolonged 38C or above. Also it depended how close the chicken were to each other.
Any other comments?