Back to normal service

I have been putting out a lot of posts about films recently. But today I am back to normal for a while, and writing about the weather again. The heat continues here, the hottest summer since 1976. Well into July, and we are still experiencing regular daytime temperatures of 28-30 C, with it rarely dropping below 16 overnight.

After so many years of three-day summers, and unrelenting rain, I am very happy to be enjoying this change in fortune. I cannot remember the last time I wore long trousers or socks, and I haven’t had a coat out of the wardrobe for over three months. No central heating has been required, and the washing can still be hung outside on the line.

But putting on my ‘sensible hat’, I can see it is not all good, in a country woefully unprepared for such summer bounty.

The grass on the lawn is like yellow dust, parched and unappealing.
(But at least I don’t have to cut it)
The Beech hedges are growing like crazy, and beginning to block out the light into the living room.
(So I will have to cut them)
Ollie is uncomfortable in the house at night, and will not tolerate a fan on him. So we do feel for his poor fur-covered body, as we watch him panting.
The Oak trees are spraying sap like a sticky car-wash, covering anything and everything outside.
Having all the windows open means that we get a lot of unwelcome visitors too. Flies, biting insects, and fluttering, annoying moths.

Then there are the people with medical issues that mean they can not escape the heat, especially those living in stifling cities, or large towns. Breathing problems exacerbated, allergies out of control. For them, this ‘good summer’ is one of misery and hardship. It seems we can never win in the UK, as whatever weather we get is always going to be bad for someone.

And it actually rained yesterday!
Well, for ten minutes, between 5:53 pm and 6:03.

57 thoughts on “Back to normal service

  1. Little O and I are both struggling to sleep in the heat… Mr O not so much. He could sleep anywhere. We have a fan, which is normally sufficient for the three truly warm British summer nights a year but it’s not really powerful enough for what we are facing now. The top floor of our house is a bit of a sauna. I have hope though… I actually wore jeans today.

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  2. Long range forecast here in Las Vegas is 40-44Β° C. It’s 43Β° C right now. We did get some rainfall in various parts of the valley this past week. Not much in my neck of the cactus, though. I do envy your 28-30Β° C. Sounds a bit chillyβ€”but nice!

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    1. I know it sounds cool to you, David, but we have had an exceptional summer, and for us to get 30 C day upon day in a row is almost unheard of. I like it, but some sick people (and most dogs) find it hard to cope.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I had to Google Celsius to Fahrenheit. That is hot, but not unbearable if you’re in the country or have a breeze. In the city? Awful. Like you, we live outside of the city and certainly don’t have air conditioning. It just doesn’t get sweltering to justify air conditioning…until we have that unusual heat wave (determined at least three days in a row in the 90’s) which is tough. Still, I’ll take all those problems that heat creates compared to the problems winter creates. Can you hose Ollie down with a garden hose? Our dogs liked that in the heat. Best to you, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. I appreciate that those temperatures don’t seem too much to anyone outside of the UK, but we are just not used to them. Especially Ollie, as it has never been so hot since he was born in 2012. πŸ™‚ I can’t hose him down late at night, which is when he often gets too hot
      Like you, I would sooner have the heat than the winter too, but I have been thinking about sick people and pets lately, with such exceptional (for here) temperatures.
      Best wishes,, Pete.

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  4. If you don’t want to sun can we have it back please? Its miserable here, although still warm.
    As for Ollie, I recommend a pond, we had one dug when we put in the house foundations and its a real winner with the dogs when they over heat, if a bit smelly for us πŸ™‚

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    1. We tried him with a wet towel, then a fan blowing on him. But he hated the fan, and shook off the towel. Sad to see him so forlorn, but he is still eating his dinner at least. He has only been alive for just over six years, so has never experienced such a summer before. At least those of us old enough to remember 1976 knew what to expect. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. We haven’t had rain here in about 3 weeks now…and up until now there really is no end in sight for the heat. As much as I like nice weather too, the heat at times makes it very hard to sleep. And as a live on the 12 th floor of an appartment building, I sometimes feel like I’m participating in an experiment for testing a microwave lol. Of course I am not complaining πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. It must be hard up that high in an apartment block, Michel. I remember humid days in a small London flat. No sleep, always tired and stressed. At least we have some fresh air here in Norfolk.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. We had 4 hours of beautiful warm rain yesterday! It wiped out the oppressive humidity and was a welcome relief. Today is cooler with the odd very light shower and grey skies, but we’re on the way to more sunshine by the end of the week. I like today’s weather better than the blazing sun, I think I’ve got too used to the pants weather and now miss it when it’s gone!

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    1. I don’t miss bad weather in the slightest. But poor Ollie is suffering in the heat, and it’s sad to see him panting and lethargic. Just for his sake I have to wish an end to it, which will be a shame.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Know what, I long for the summer months Pete. It is raining right now, monsoon rains so to speak and some areas are flooded. There is another weather disturbance which may develop into typhoon in the next 36 hours.

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  8. Lucky you, we had no rain in Whittlesey. I think it’s because we have so few trees: we stay dry even when it’s raining elsewhere. Or perhaps the winds howling across the Fens drive the clouds away before they have time to leak.
    It’s spooky how the dandelions stay green after the grass has all turned yellow, but at least I can see them clearly to spray with that lawn weedkiller. My husband is wilting like the grass. He’s awaiting a coronary bypass and the heat drains his already depleted energy. By the time he gets his op it will be cooler… unless we get an ‘Indian summer’ this year.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your husband, Cathy. Exactly what I was thinking about when I mentioned sick people being unduly affected by the heat.
      No doubt the grass will recover. It usually does. Last night’s 10-minute shower wasn’t enough to make any difference at all. And it’s another scorcher this morning.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. Take pity on the allotment holders who have to cart buckets of water from their homes to their plots in order to water their ailing crops. (Crops that are now being ravaged by badgers as all the usual grubs and worms retreat deeper into the soil).

    Apparently the roads are melting too but on the bright side that might mean some of the potholes are filling themselves in!

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    1. My wife told me about that pothole-filling joke on Facebook, Lucinda. It’s a good one.
      There are melted spots on the road outside my house, but I don’t have an allotment to worry about.
      I hope your Mum is enjoying the warm weather too. πŸ™‚
      best wishes, Pete.

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  10. We Brits do like to moan about the weather! Never the right weather is it! I am more than happy to put up with the heat thought to be fair it is not that hot down here as we have the sea breezes so 25 has probably been the max. I don’t enjoy warm nights though. Having endured two wet summers in Cornwall it is so nice to experience blue skies daily for day after day, though it rained yesterday morning – two brief but heavy showers, and again today, but the garden needed the rain. And reservoirs are still healthy – so they should be after the winter we had. Considering what Australia, South Africa and California go thorough I wouldn’t call this a drought, just an unusual summer for us and as usual we just don’t know how to deal with it πŸ˜€

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