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  1. Looking at the Met Office long term averages, the maximum average for Minehead it is 21C in July and 20.8C in August. Liscombe is much cooler than that. October is 15C which I think of as autumnal. There may be local hotspots but many people seem to have distorted expectations of what to expect (this also applies to winter temperatures of course).
  2. The maximum the last couple of days has been around 17C to 18C and breezy with some blue sky and brightness but not a great deal of direct sun. This isn't autumnal though as the average max July temperature is 17.9C and August is 17.6C here, so bang on average summer temperatures. Given that the south coast of England typically has average temperatures of less than 21C at this time of year (meaning much of the time it is less than that), I'm not sure how one degree less than the average can be considered autumnal but maybe you are all living in cold spots.
  3. Interesting thought. I grew up in a white pebble dashed home and I never noticed that. To be fair it did start to turn green/grey with the Scottish rain When I used to live in a typical Scottish tenement flat with 2 feet thick stone walls it was always cool in summer. On a hot day it was a real pleasure to get home. However, it was much colder in winter as well, not helped by 12 feet high ceilings which, with hot air rising, meant that the first third of your heating was wasted (unless you were REALLY tall)
  4. Given the British climate, the focus on reducing household fossil fuel/power consumption over the last 40 years has been to make houses warmer with double glazing, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation etc. That can generally be applied to existing housing stock and works for much of the year but unfortunately makes properties too warm sometimes in summer. To have houses that are naturally warmer in winter but also cooler when required in summer, means different designs and can not usually be economically retrofitted to properties. So, given that we don't build enough houses at the moment to satisfy demand, there is not much that can be done about it. You could try moving to Scotland where the housing is relatively cheap and more plentiful and you will definitely be cooler (and wetter) for most of the time . We are also the windiest country in Europe. Just don't all come at once as we don't want it too busy
  5. It's been 28C here the last couple of days which is too hot for me but one consolation is that the local scenery looks nice in the sun. Crappy phone pic as I'm too lazy to carry a proper camera on my daily walks when it is hot..
  6. I'm not sure the weather knows what day of the week it is. Maybe there is something missing in physics that links the laws of thermodynamics to a calendar invented by the Babylonians
  7. I backpacked across Knoydart in the last week of May in 1991 (and did the munros etc. ) and it was so hot down in the glens where the heat was concentrated, that I got mild heatstroke one day. It is forecast to be fairly warm next week. And other parallels with this current weather pattern was that it was cool and wet up until the start of my holiday I would advise that you camp up high as the midgies were fairly ferocious when we camped on the beach one night. It is a lovely place in good weather and pretty rough in bad weather and you really are between Loch Hourn (heaven) and Loch Nevis (hell) .
  8. As the grass usually doesn't grow when the temperature is below 10C you need it to be colder than it has been. Then you won't need to cut it in the wet
  9. Scotland invented Golf (sort of) and it rains a LOT up here. Imagine the first golfers had that attitude, the game wouldn't exist When I used to play I used to enjoy the water trapped beneath the fairway that acted like a trampoline when you walked on it. Made the stance for a shot a little wobbly. Then I got into hillwalking and winter mountaineering and realised that the rain and wind (and hail and sleet) I experienced on the golf course was mere child's play compared to what was happening a little higher up.
  10. Winds gusting to around 40mph yesterday and some rain for a few hours and temperatures 9C most of the day. Far from the worst May storm we've had and actually relatively benign and okay to be out in it. Much better than those storms where it is 16C + and you get saturated in your waterproof from the inside. I was expecting far worse considering the build up it got.
  11. The last 4 days have been very sunny and quite pleasant locally, with maximum temperatures around or a little above average and feeling warmer in the strong sun. Minimum temperatures have been as low as 4C but mostly around the average of 6 or 7C. We did have an hour of showers yesterday afternoon but this is the West of Scotland and otherwise it has been dry during the daylight hours since Sunday. Personally, I'm quite happy if it is sunny and dry, even if the temperatures are not particularly high.
  12. Sunny all day here today and the temperature peaked around 17C. Our May average is 14.2C so quite respectable..
  13. Windy and rained all day here and temperatures of 4C to 6C (briefly) . On the bright side the mountains look lovely today with continuous snow cover from 300m upwards
  14. So far, one brief covering of snow (1cm) at low levels, in early December, that lasted a day. Though to be fair, the hills around me had some snow for a few days in this current cold spell. Before people point out that it is far better than they had down south, the trade off is 200 days a year of rain and average July and August maximum temperatures of 18C. Much as I like a cold winter, given a choice, I would exchange a few extra days snow (on average) for one third of the rainfall and decent summer temperatures.
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