Autumn arrives early

This is a holiday weekend in England, as today is is the Public Holiday called August Bank Holiday. Most people don’t have to go to work today, and except for the chain stores and big supermarkets, almost all the shops are closed too. It is traditional to make something of the weekend, with many leaving for a trip last Friday, to a place of interest, the seaside, or perhaps to see relatives.

Being England, the weather decided to spoil that for everyone. After the unusually hot and unbroken summer, yesterday saw strong winds, lashing rain, and a remarkable drop in temperatures. For the first time since April, we actually felt cold. Lots of neighbours put on their heating for the first time in months, and people could be seen out and about wearing heavy coats with hoods.

We were supposed to be going out with friends to a barbecue nearby, but cancelled that trip two hours before, as it seemed pointless to be outside in such weather, pretending to enjoy ourselves eating wet food under umbrellas. Though we resisted turning on the heating, a long dark afternoon sitting feeling cold did eventually inspire us to get out, and we went to a local Indian restaurant for some Tandoori specialities. The roads were awash on the way, and the nearby town almost deserted, due to the bleak conditions. Once back home, we could hear the twigs and acorns falling from the trees, battering the house, shed, and garage.

It has stopped raining for now, and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and hot once again. But autumn is on the way, and Sunday’s early appearance was undoubtedly a ‘coming attraction’.

59 thoughts on “Autumn arrives early

  1. We had a similar drop in temperature here, although it was still close to 20c, I reminded Gosia that this summer has yet to give up and talk of autumn is premature, so just hold your horse there Mr Pete, don’t give up yet πŸ™‚

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      1. I love Indian Summer. It aways comes at just the right time, a welcome goodbye to summer. We are braced for another heat wave starting today with temperatures in the upper 90’s. Upper! ☹️

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      1. For the most part, it is dry in the summer and wet the rest of the year. But, when it is wet, it does clear up. In the dry months the temperatures ten to be in the 80s (30 days in the 90s this year) and in the wet months, it varies between freezing and the high 50s. But, then, it can turn on any given day on a dime.
        Warmest regards, Theo

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  2. Sorry about the timing! The wind and rain together are extra miserable! 😐 Autumn seems to have arrived here too bringing a solid rain with it. But we desperately needed it to clear the air – it’s finally safe to breathe again – and thankfully skies are blue today.

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  3. I always look forward to autumn after a long and blistering summer. It’s the best time of year to be in Las Vegas (though spring is nice, too). Temperatures are beginning to slide right now, with highs around 102Β° F (39Β° C). Normally, we have a temperature spike in early September, but the trend towards cooler weather has begun.

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  4. You have been more than lucky with the long dry spell Pete, we have had a normal summer since the beginning of August and yesterday was just another mizzly soft Cornish day. We thought it was quite warm and humid, though temps were around 18.5C. Everything is looking lush and green again.

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    1. Much the same here, Elizabeth. I am off to the supermarket soon, but would be happy to have to leave it until tomorrow, if they got the day off. Sadly, my absence is unlikely to make that happen.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. We had friends from Norwich visiting yesterday. They wanted to experience the Stiffkey Saltmarshes as we did when we had 31Β° a few weeks ago. So we walked three hours in rain, it wasn’t that bad, but if course we didn’t cross the two creeks were you have to wade in water. On the way home we wanted to treat our friends to a lunch and tried all the pubs, hotel, restaurants … no chance, all tables taken except for the pop up cafe at the Cley Village Hall. The best thing is to stay at home on the August bank holiday weekend. πŸ™‚
    In Germany the summer is returning again on Wednesday, +30Β° so we hope for better days again, but there’s definitely a autumnal chill now. And all our water butts are full and the lawn is green again! πŸ™‚
    Have a lovely week, we are off to Norway tomorrow. Xx

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  6. You’ve been luckier than us with your long hot summer, we only got 5/6 weeks before reverting to normal, I.e grey,cloud,rain, so yesterday wasn’t much of a change, the rain just lasted a whole day instead of on and off. But it was the first day to get a woolly pully on, though we’ve had the heating on a few evenings since July! Today we have wind, & grey skies, so enjoy your sunshine while it lasts, I think we’ve skipped Autumn here and gone straight to winter!

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  7. We succumbed to putting the heating on up here in the north west. Having seen the forecast we decided on staying in our pyjamas all day & relaxing, I can’t remember the last time we did that! Today’s weather doesn’t look any different but it’s picking up later in the week, Indian summer?

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  8. My children (one, over from New Zealand) were all at the family caravan plots in Essex. Every August Bank Holiday Sunday they hold the ‘fete worse than death’ which has been held in rain or howling wind more often than otherwise over the fifty years I’ve known the place. This is England, after all.

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    1. Very true, Cathy. My family also had caravans in Essex (Heybridge Basin) when I was young. I recall bank holidays listening to the rain hitting the roof, and wet treks to the toilet block and water tap. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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