Writing off a whole month

We only get twelve months, but this year feels like there will only be eleven. June has been a complete write-off, with the worst weather in recorded history for the month in the UK, and there are only five days left to go.

Remember when I kept posting blog moans about the rain? How it rained for twenty days and nights, and parts of the country (including my outbuilding) were flooded? How I longed for that glimpse of summer, and some warm days and evenings.

I should have remembered to be careful what I wished for.

A few days ago, it stopped raining. I was so excited, I even posted about that on this blog. Then it started to get warm. In one day, the temperature went up by 10 C, from 15 C to 25 C. I was out in my shorts walking Ollie, actually feeling quite uncomfortably hot.

There wasn’t much sun though, and the grey skies made it feel clammy and humid. So the fan had to be used in the bedroom, as sleeping was hard in temperatures that still felt like daytime. As the sun continued to refuse to appear, and the sky got darker, I had that sinking feeling. Thunderstorms. This was confirmed by the weather forecasters, people who excel at predicting bad weather, but never seem to know when it will be nice instead.

Now we have them. Rain all night, then thunder and lightning this morning, as the rain gets heavier.

June, 2019. Best forgotten.

58 thoughts on “Writing off a whole month

    1. Thanks, Adam. I can cope with almost anything other than constant rain. The heat can be uncomfortable, but I have plenty of big fans. Rain makes me feel depressed though. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. The hot weather in mainland Europe is breaking all known records. I am actually glad that it isn’t that hot here, but I would dearly love it to just stop raining. At least for one week.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  1. Same here in Alberta Canada. We had snow near Banff last weekend. It was the coldest winter in forty years followed by the crappiest spring I’ve ever seen. The odd beautiful day but mostly rain, wind, cloud and or forest smoke.

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  2. Since we moved to Alabama in May there hasn’t been one day that was out of the 90s. But then, we knew what we were getting into. You don’t move down South expecting freezing cold temps. As long as we don’t get hit by a tornado I’m happy.πŸŒͺ

    I’m sorry for your weather woes Pete. I just read something on CNN yesterday that scientists are predicting that we’ll keep seeing increasingly hot summers due to climate change.πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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  3. I have not checked the stats, but get the feeling here in the Pacific North Wet, it seems to be drier than normal. I know I am having to water my pots a lot more than in past Junes. And, the rain gauge looks at me funny when I check it, I would swear it is saying, “You had to look? You have got to be kidding me.” Warmest regards, Theo

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  4. You really do seem to have had it bad over there! My son is driving down from S Yorks in rain. Not sure where it ends or starts, but apart from some sea fog we are having another nice day here.

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  5. It is rather amazing how things have a completely different meaning in different places and cultures.
    In India, 25 degrees is considered as pleasant. We are facing 45+ degrees here.
    Also, in most of India, rain is considered a great time to play outdoors, not thunderstorms though. Sunny days are what we dread. 😊

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    1. Thanks for your comment comparing countries and cultures. I am aware that you get very high temperatures in India, but 25 C is considered hot here, and 31 C would be called a ‘heatwave’. πŸ™‚ Even 20 C is considered to be acceptable, for our ‘summer’. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


  6. The weather here has been precarious all over for the last few years. It is concerning. Two years ago we had forest fires all around. You could not go out for the smoke. Even the inside air smelled of smoke. The fires in Gatlinburg caused $500 million in damages and 14 people lost their lives. The following year we had 90+ inches of rain. Hope July is a better month for you.

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  7. I also remember some terrible summers. It used to be the case that I’d go away in September or late August and when I came back to the UK people would tell me the weather had been wonderful while I was away, and it had only started raining when I had gone back, but now that I’ve moved out, I guess it can’t be my fault. Here it’s too dry, although there has been more rain over the winter than I remembered, but I hadn’t been here a whole year for quite a while, so I’m not sure if my memory serves me right. I know how depressing the weather can get there and I hope it does get better, although I’ve always felt that “summer” was an overstatement there… I’ll keep fingers crossed here for some improvement, Pete.

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