The Beetley Heatwave

Six years ago this week, we were in the middle of an unusual spell of very hot weather, much like we have seen over the last few days. I wrote this about it at the time, and it is remarkable how nothing has changed since.


As Irving Berlin once wrote, “We’re having a heat wave, Tropical heat wave”. The last couple of weeks have seen temperatures rising in Beetley, and every day has been sunny and hot. Even though it makes it hard to sleep at night, I’m not complaining. For too long, we have had damp and cold, followed by rain and damp. This sight of summer is long overdue, and most welcome. Ollie has been feeling the heat though. His coat may be short, but it is thick, and he is listless and uncomfortable. His only relief is to get into the river, something he does frequently on his walks.

I have had to limit the scope of our usual dog walks for now. The other places we go do not have access to any water, and Ollie would get far too hot. I probably would too. There is shade and breeze available…

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35 thoughts on “The Beetley Heatwave

    1. Thanks very much. The heat broke down yesterday, and it didn’t get above 19 C. The week to come is forecast for 20-22 degrees, which is more normal for us.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  1. Our little dog hated the hot weather and so did I. I think it was the humidity as much as the sunshine. It made my ankles swell up. It is cooler today, but very windy. The lawn is crisp and yellow but we are expecting rain.They say variety is the spice of life!

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    1. Ollie was not happy when it got over 28 C. He stopped running around, and just stood in the river. I prefer anything to rain, so didn’t mind too much. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. I know what you mean, but we had it warm for those two weeks in 2014, from 28-32 degrees every day. Then the similar weather for three days this week made it feel the same! 🙂 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. a lovely read about summer, Pete. thank you! 🙂 we had some hot weather but have cooled off the past day two days and yesterday we had strong winds and heavy downpour. we just got back from our morning walk at mallard lake. it was pleasant and breezy. happy weekend! 🙂 🙂

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    1. Not up here mate! London is usually a lot hotter than Beetley, with all that concrete and buildings to retain the heat. It broke last night, so only 18C today. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.


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