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  1. So far this month the average max I've recorded is 19.7C, markedly below the overall July average of 22.9C for here. I've not recorded anything above 21.3C for 14 days in a row. I checked my records (starting Sept 2013) for summer spells of maximums below 21.5C in summer months, lasting 10 days or more. There've been 6: Aug 2014 - 14 days in a row Aug 2015 - 10 days Jul 2017 - 10 days Jun 2019 - 14 days Jun 2020 - 10 days Jul 2020 - 14 days so far Given the forecast for tomorrow is 20C, I expect this month will deliver the longest spell of <21.5C temperatures I've recorded - and the first summer to have two such spells of coolness!
  2. Agreed! I have a portable air con unit in mine which is usually set to 18/19C and it does the trick. Anything above that and it's too warm for me to sleep even with just a thin sheet over me.
  3. It definitely suppressed temperatures even in inland Essex at the end of June during that hot spell.
  4. An easterly wind is showing up though which could suppress temperatures, if that forecast is right.
  5. This evening (here in Chelmsford, Essex) really felt like the end to a miserable autumn day - fairly dull, cold (13C) and drizzling. It's a shame because it was very sunny this morning. It wasn't too bad a few days ago when it was fairly humid and sunny with temperatures just below 20C - it felt pleasant because of the sun, plus the wind took the edge off the humidity (although it got a bit too blowy at times).
  6. How can the MetO say over the last few days that, for the end of July, "temperatures are expected to be above average overall"... then today, for the same period, say "temperatures generally around average or slightly below". ? What's the point of their extended outlook? Is it ever right?
  7. What caused the first two days of this 'heatwave' to have an easterly wind? Isn't it more usual to get a S/SW wind when heat comes from the continent?
  8. Looks like the max today was at Heathrow... but with 33.4C!
  9. The highest in the East was Lakenheath which squeezed exactly 30.0C out of the heat. Most others didn't get above 29C. Looks hopeful for tomorrow due to the wind being more southerly, as mentioned above, but it depends on cloud cover due to storms bubbling up.
  10. Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk are again struggling to reach 30C and I doubt they will, looking at the 1pm/2pm temps. Cavendish (Suffolk) and Writtle (Essex) are often among the hottest places. Why have they missed out on the peak of the heat this week? Is it because the winds have been E/SE rather than S/SW?
  11. I think the same every year. I picked up one 2nd hand for £60 and got another one, new, for £220. They work well, particularly in smaller rooms, and I got a south-facing room down from 30C to 18C by last night. They don't get huge amounts of use in British summers so should last many years. Even if you spent £300 on one and it lasted ten years (my 2nd hand one's 21 years old!), that's £30 per summer + cost of running at about 50p for 6-8 hours. If you can't afford it then it's well worth saving up until you can in my view. The resulting rise in humidity is the problem with air coolers, as they work less well once it gets more humid as they're used, plus the UK is a fairly humid place to start with. For price vs. effectiveness, I think portable air-con is better value.
  12. Is it likely East Anglia will be a bit hotter tomorrow, given 30C doesn't seem to have been reached? The weather apps, websites and models still seem unsure which day between now and Friday will be the hottest for the eastern counties.
  13. No official station in Norfolk, Essex or Suffolk has hit 30C as of the 4pm hourly readings, but one or two were just over 29C so the actual maximum may have just scraped 30C. Maybe tomorrow will be a tad hotter for the East?
  14. Yes, the usual weather websites/apps have been flip-flopping a bit for the E/SE, with this week's max for many areas outside of London flipping between 27 and 32C. Usually they'd be more certain at this timeframe, although they've now mostly settled on Friday as the hottest for this area. E.g. for Chelmsford it's currently BBC 32C (Fri), WeatherPro 31C (Fri), weather.com 30C (Fri), MeteoBlue 29C (Fri & Sat), Metcheck 29C (Wed), MetO 29C (Fri), WeatherOnline 27C (Fri).
  15. It is official, just a manual one which is why there was a delay in getting the readings and verifying them. I think the media would've been interested had it been announced on the day, but they weren't that interested once the verified reading came through about a week later and there was other news to worry about!
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