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Wildswimmer Pete

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  1. Tonight I'm going swimming at my local leisure centre, doing so outdoors would be a thankless affair. Looking at the future prospect, it looks like Summer '18 is now done and dusted, at least here in the NW with early autumn now here.
  2. No, my long-term memory is very keen. In my neck of the woods the last weekend in September saw temps. in the 70s F as I remember wandering round Chester overdressed for the heat (we used old money in those days). Summer '69 was mediocre at best with our intended holiday in North Wales rained off - we bailed out and went home so that late September mini-heatwave was a welcome surprise. I'm not interested in stats, but how I experienced the weather at the time. It became noticeably colder during early October as I had to ride a bike to work so was very aware of the chill. Likewise sunshine stats are misleading as often any sunshine occurs during the small hours before most of us are up with the almost inevitable grey lid slamming down around breakfast time - which has been the case so far this week.
  3. The end of September 1969 saw a mini-heatwave but then was a sharp descent into cold and cloudy conditions at the beginning of October.
  4. Feels distinctly autumnal today which is of course par for the course. True to form the hot weather finished promptly just as the schools broke up. Probably Atlantic dross all month until the start of September when high pressure will re-assert itself just as the autumn term begins. Been the same for most of my 68 years with the exception of 1976 when the autumnal weather did actually wait for the arrival of September.
  5. Summer 1976 finished with a bang - literally. The hot weather broke just after Late August Holiday.
  6. It's not UV but a specific wavelength of blue light (if I remember correctly its 450nm). I've got a pukka SAD lamp but will have to bring it out as soon as the nights really begin to draw in.
  7. There is a school of thought that we are entering a Grand Minimum, which I agree with. However it might take a few more years before the cooling trend can be confirmed.
  8. I did during summer '76. We were so short of water they were going to have tankers full of treated sewage to use for wild firefighting and irrigation. As soon as a Minister for Drought was appointed, the weather broke. Here the heat broke just after the late August bank holiday with some spectacular thunderstorms. Before someone starts quoting stats this is from memory and of course subjective.
  9. Anyone on two wheels, pedal or motorised, should take it very easy. After weeks of drought this rain will turn the roads into greasy skid pans.
  10. I'm dreading the return of winter as do anyone who suffers from SAD, also the huge heating bills.
  11. I'm concerned over the possible outcome of ex-TS Chris stirring up the atmosphere. The past few years' summers have started well but as soon as we had an ex-hurricane or ex-TS arrive on the scene in July or August the result was the ushering in of an early autumn. Bear in mind my location - the south-east fared well but not here in the NW.
  12. Winter 62/63 was the most severe in living memory, however summer '62 was appalling: LP dominated, cloudy, wet and chilly. The best word to describe summer '63 was mediocre with a wet end to August. However autumn '63 was quite spectacular: Warm and sunny, much better than the preceding summer.
  13. I'm 68, asthmatic and with heart failure - I'm lovin't it. It's the lousy British winter that's potentially lethal for me.
  14. I experienced the summer of 1976, that was a real summer. Three months of sun and heat. Prior to then, 1959 was another scorcher. Today, another day unspoiled by bloody cloud thank heavens.
  15. Not really. Hawarden (nr. Chester) often features in highest temps. in the UK as it did yesterday.
  16. I'm off to Swindon then Swansea with a mate on a lorry delivery then back home. Looking at temp. figures it'll be similar to here, 26C max. Glad I'm just the passenger and don't have to drive.
  17. We deserve a decent summer after a.) previous poor to middling summers and b.) that awful, five-month-long winter we've recently endured. This summer does have the scent of 1976.
  18. I now prefer being warm especially as I'm getting on a bit. Couldn't do any winter swimming this year due to stay in hospital but I hope to do so next winter.
  19. Keeping warm in winter is very expensive. During the extreme cold during last February it was costing me nearly £5 a day for gas and electricity (smart meters so have an energy monitor). I live in a ground-floor flat so no roof to lose heat, have cavity insulation and double glazing. In contrast today's bill is so far 97p although that'll go up by about 20p when I run a hot bath later. That sum includes the standing charges, about 74p.
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