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Wildswimmer Pete

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  1. Woke this morning to cloud, wind and rain, in fact it felt like an October morning typical of my 1960s schooldays. Brightened up a bit at lunchtime but remained mostly cloudy. Not feeling particularly warm at 15C or so, contrasting the summery conditions in the south-east. Back then we had equinoctial gales especially during March but these seem to have declined since. Climate change?
  2. Managed to get as low as 6C last night. Today very mixed, cloudy then showery, then sunny intervals, now cloudy and relatively mild. The mix was was added to by a short sojourn to Bodelwyddan (N.Wales via M56, A494 and A55) with my mate to collect a vehicle. The day was noticeably chilly emphasising the change to real autumn. While on the A55 had several views of my Wirral homeland under full sun which also highlighted Liverpool city centre in the distance.
  3. Cold and dull all day with rain when I woke around 8am. Managed around 13C max, currently 9.3C. Been more than a little off-colour so didn't make the journey to the leisure centre but started adding to my heating bill with my living room temp. set for 22C.
  4. Long sunny periods today but only about 14C rather than 21C yesterday and the day feels cold. Suspect tonight will be even colder than recent nights, possibly even frosty? Currently clear and calm.
  5. I've got two, as my motorcycling days seem to be over. Heart failure means I don't have the stamina to pedal a standard bike. Both of mine are a bit naughty as both are "Power on Demand" with motorcycle-style twistgrip "throttles", with pedelecs the motor only runs as long as you are turning the pedals but a lot of e-bike riders have the same type as mine. Power is still limited to 250W and max. assisted speed 25km hr or 15.5mph, should you exceed that speed the motor shuts down. Decathlon do one for about £700, my Rich Bit cost £1300. The Rich Bit has 21 speed dérailleur gears so can be ridden as a conventional albeit heavy mountain bike. Alloy frame and magnesium wheels. The 36v LiIon battery is inside the frame, it's a folder so folding the frame gives access to the battery although charging is via a socket on the frame.
  6. Even warmer this afternoon, more sunbathing under a cloudless sky. Now turned cloudy, no doubt the cold front that's bringing a sharp drop in temp. tomorrow. Bit more of a breeze then Wednesday, noticeable while riding my e-bike in shorts and string vest. I think we made 21C.
  7. Long sunny intervals so I was able to sit out in the garden topless and top up my Vit D3. Suspect it'll be monthly sunlamp sessions then until next April and have to control my mood as we're approaching SAD territory. Not looking forward to the next Arctic blast forecast for the weekend.
  8. Passable weather this afternoon with sunny conditions and my hands didn't get cold while riding bike to friend's home despite it being breezy. Nothing like it was on Sunday when I suffered cold hands (now on beta-blocker but have always suffered from cold hands even as a child). Looks like it'll be cloudy tonight so probably nowhere as cold and the breeze seems to have dropped.
  9. Cold night last night and very clear so I saw the full moon. Min. temp. here 4.0C - I live in a minor UHI so the nearby countryside would be lower, possibly some ground frost. Currently fine with some bits of Sc.
  10. Passable day with long sunny periods, but that frigid Northerly was something I could do without when pedalling to my local leisure centre. Even worse coming back home as I'd spent quite a while in a heated swimming pool so that icy blast felt even colder.
  11. Horrid cold grey day, that's about it. Sadly the cold "blip" forecast at the beginning of September was anything but, rather the commencement of autumn in all its nastiness.
  12. Following a monumentally vile day today is little improvement. Cold, windy and showery. Fitting for the first day of astronomical autumn. According to Netweather Sunday looks to be an early taste of what could be a long winter with a mere 8C at best. Oh happy days
  13. Started bright with sunny intervals but now grey. Been in all day, it felt more like November than mid-September when I had to go out and put washing out on the line. That's the problem with the British climate - if you're lucky we get a couple of months decent Summer weather like this year, then ten months of grey, cold crap.
  14. I remember the good summers of 1959, the savage winter of '62/63, summer '75, the classic summer of '76 then summer '84. After that, no memory of anything worth the effort of recalling them. Winter '81/82 was almost as nasty as '62/63. Edit: I love sprouts although Heaven help anyone who has to share my space afterwards.
  15. Just had to turn on my central heating as the temp. in my home is now just 16C. Not very good for this early in the season. Before anyone comes out with some smart-alec comment, I'm in my late 60s and have a heart problem and need to have at least 18C.
  16. Not too bad a day with plenty of sun but there is that definite feeling of autumn in the air. I suspect summer has now really finished as the anticipated late heatwave has disappeared from forecasts. All downhill now into SAD territory.
  17. The cloudfest continues - grey, dreary and chilly with a very few spells of brightness. Need room lights on.
  18. Warm and humid here but the sun only made a brief appearance before the now omnipresent grey lid reformed. Think we made 23C.
  19. Not as good as 1976 especially with that cloudfest of August we've just had to endure. Before anyone bangs on about August sunshine totals I'm referring to my waking hours - I usually rise sometime between 8-9am.
  20. The August cloudfest continues. Like most of this August the day started off well but didn't take too long for the grey lid to form. 12C at 11am isn't very good either.
  21. Thoroughly nasty here. Heavy rain and just 10C. I've seen claims that this could be the coldest late summer holiday on record. The only other one in my memory is Aug. 1987 with similar rain and cold.
  22. But you live right on the coast so don't suffer the convective infill. I've been to New Brighton on several occasions when it was sunny most of the day but looking back to where I live (about 10 miles inland as the crow flies) I could see the cloud shrouding Frodsham and Helsby hills. Actually the sun did put on an appearance just after lunch but the cloud has now closed in again.
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