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Arctic Hare

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    Bewdley, Worcs; 90m asl
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    Snow and sun in winter; warm and bright otherwise; not a big storm fan

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  1. Storms here woke me up at around 4am, but nothing spectacular after the initial burst of torrential rain and lightning. Today's actually been an okay day. Not too much rain after the morning stuff had cleared, some decent sunshine and temps in the low 20s. Not as good as yesterday, but far from a disaster. Wind is now gradually ramping up, though it seems like the strongest of it won't be here until tomorrow afternoon. I do have to travel (by rail) tomorrow, but thankfully when I get there I'll be in a nice strong stone building and not a marquee!
  2. I almost get the impression these days that September is a better bet for warm, sunny weather than August! The all-time record on 1 Sep is something like 35 °C, so with perfect conditions it can still be very hot in the early part of the month. (Edit: the TORRO page has 18 Sep as the first date on which 30 °C has not been acheived.) The week ahead doesn't look terrible, though. Better than this weekend's been here in Worcs, anyway. A little warmer and probably some nice sunny spells between the showers. Tuesday may bring storms for those who like that, too. I could live with a continuation of that as we head into August -- it's not what I want, which is sun and warmth, but it wouldn't be a write-off.
  3. What a difference a couple of days makes! Absolutely miserable here in North Worcestershire this morning. The rain isn't all that hard at present, but it's relentless -- and the radar suggests there's a good deal more of it to come. It's chilly, grey and gloomy -- this really could be October, apart from the early sunrise.
  4. A little warmer than expected today (26.1 °C) and retaining a little of the humid feel from the heatwave, though very little sunshine to go with it. Not too bad a day, though. Unlike the weekend! Now looking like being close to a washout in some parts of our region.
  5. Pleased to say we have had some pretty good sunshine over the last hour or so, which has enabled me to record 32.5 °C. Still only the warmest for three years, but I'm happy to get over the 90 °F mark which is really rare in Bewdley.
  6. I really hope it's at least 37.8 °C, for the magic 100 °F mark. Or that somewhere else makes it there. Would be frustrating to miss out on that by a fraction of a degree! Edit: Summer Sun's post says that Heathrow has done it!
  7. Back home and it's 31.2 °C, so the hottest I've recorded here since 19 July 2016, I believe. 80% cloud cover now, though, so going to be a struggle to get more than a few tenths higher unless there's a prolonged break in the next couple of hours.
  8. Out for a (slow) walk in town and got caught in a very short but fairly heavy shower. Sun back out now, but cloud really beginning to build. I'm looking roughly NW but the SW view is similar.
  9. To put this into perspective, the Netherlands all-time record has just been shattered again. 41.7 °C!
  10. Yes, though that was while it was quite cloudy. 27.6 °C now we're back to hazy sunshine. I can't claim this is MetO-level accurate of course, but Shawbury was reporting 26 °C and Birmingham 28 °C at 10:30, so it's not noticeably out of line.
  11. 26.8°C here in Bewdley, but the sunshine is already increasingly hazy as cloud builds from the west. Still going to be a hot day of course, but anything exceptional seems unlikely now. My highest here in recent years (33.3 °C on 19 Jul 2016) looks safe. Actually quite disappointed from a personal point of view. We've already had a big storm this week, so I don't really want that this afternoon. I'd much rather have had a day of blue skies and unbroken sunshine. With all this cloud, even if there aren't any storms it's going to feel muggy and oppressive and unpleasant. Oh well.
  12. As far as tomorrow goes, I have a sneaking feeling that encroaching mid-level cloud in the afternoon may get in the way of breaking the UK all-time record. I'm almost certain the July record will fall, but getting past August 2003 may be just too much to ask. It would be typical if it was 38.4 °C, wouldn't it?!
  13. It's a cunning plan to lull the Aussies into a false sense of security, clearly... Murtagh in particular has been excellent, but being bowled out for under 100 at home can't ever be acceptable.
  14. Tremendous show here in Bewdley for the last 10-15 minutes. Almost constant thunder and an amazing strobe-show as well. Absolutely bucketing down, too (had a look on the NW radar and the echoes are white, which doesn't surprise me one bit!) though it's slackening off a little as I type.
  15. Absolutely hurling it down here in Bewdley now, with frequent lightning -- a real strobe show! Easily the best display this year in these parts.
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