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  1. You may only have had 2 hot weeks this summer but I've just had the warmest summer since records began about one hundred and forty years ago. Granted, we haven't had many days with the weather into the late twenties like 1976 or 1995 but the temperatures have consistently been around early twenties which is several degrees above the average, with plenty of sunshine and very low rainfall. Which in my book has made it a far better summer simply because the temperatures have not been too hot.
  2. Actually the hotter temperatures have been abroad in various Alpine countries, Eastern Turkey, Corsica etc. Carrying 25kg on a 12hr day in 32C temperatures in Corsica meant drinking 14 litres of water in a day and still unable to go to the bathroom at the end of the day. That was an extreme case and not typical but even relatively gentle walking uphill , particularly on rougher ground, is pretty hard in mid twenties even with a day pack. I once suffered mild heat stroke in Scotland in temperatures around the mid twenties when back packing at a time I was fairly fit (unlike now). Similarly it is too hot to run comfortably in such temperatures. You only need to look at the various long distance runs that take place around the UK and they take special precautions if it is above 20C and early teens is the preferred temperature, preferably with a breeze. If you're pottering around and stopping every 2 minutes or your idea of doing stuff is to walk a hundred yards across a car park then 25C is not too bad though I wouldn't choose to sit out in the sun at that temperature. When you do any sort of physical exercise you generate up to 8 times your static heat output (depending on how hard you're working of course.) It is easy to run or climb or do hard physical work in a t-shirt in sub zero temperatures as long as you layer up when you stop.
  3. It's certainly too hot to actually do stuff outside as opposed to sitting around in it. If I'm doing any gardening or going out for anymore exercise than a gentle stroll I much prefer it to be below 20C. I have done some strenuous hill stuff abroad in my time, in temperatures ranging from -25C to 35C and my preference is definitely for the cooler end of the spectrum.
  4. As I've got older (and much less fit) I now appreciate a less strenuous route with more time to really look at stuff like geology, history, wildlife and so forth. I am now happy to bimble around doing local stuff I would have dismissed when I was churning through the Munros. It leaves you now with an excuse to go back .
  5. Was that the Knoydart trip ? In 1991 I did my first Knoydart backpacking trip and it was also at the end of May, beginning of June. It was horrible weather for the first few hours walking and then the weather cleared and it remained hot (arguably too hot) and sunny for the whole week. I remember sitting on the top of Ladhar Bheinn in shorts and T-shirt with Rum shimmering in the sea and camping near the summit of Sgurr na Ciche near Loch Arkaig and seeing a temperature inversion in the morning with the Knoydart peaks showing through. A fantastic trip.
  6. How does it get to somewhere between 2 and 8C inside in winter (in an office I assume)? Even with no heating on you'll normally maintain a warmer temperature than that indoors, probably around 12C . I once went away for three weeks over Christmas and New Year, forgot to leave the heating on, came back home in -5C temperatures with deep snow outside (which had been lying for a week) and the temperature indoors was about 10C when I arrived back in the morning. Admittedly the walls remained cold for a couple of days even when the air temperature returned to normal. It must be a drafty building.
  7. We've had a few cloudy or misty mornings recently here but mostly it has become sunny, or at least sunny spells, by late morning or lunchtime, and that is what is forecast to happen today. Except for a few spots forecast this Sunday evening, there's looking like no rain in the week ahead and it is looking sunny at least some of the time and that is all you can really ask for in this part of the world.
  8. The Times is saying the hottest on record (since 1884) and driest since 1869 but no mention of the sunniest. I assume they are using the Glasgow Bishopton weather station which is roughly halfway between me and Glasgow. Regardless, its been bloody good in this little corner of the UK Glasgow has hottest summer on record WWW.THETIMES.CO.UK Glasgow — the host city for the Cop26 climate change conference — has just had its hottest summer on record and its driest in more than 150 years.The Met Offi
  9. They didn't go into specifics other than stating that (for the Glasgow area ) It has not felt really hot like 1976 or 1995 but more a case of most days being in the early 20s and very dry. For info, though 1976 was hot here, 1995 was hotter still and I think the best summer Scotland as a whole had in a hundred years.
  10. Well, this area of the world has just had the best summer since records began in 1884 according to the BBC. The driest, warmest and sunniest. Overall Scotland had the 4th best summer but the West of Scotland was better than that and Glasgow area was the best since record began. This coincided here in Loch Lomond with a very large number of visitors this year even if they were mostly passing through to places further north.
  11. Some Scottish reservoirs at their lowest level for 18 years and some parts of the country (Northwest) have had the driest summer on record. We had a couple of spells up in the mid to high twenties which was sufficient for me but have had plenty of sunshine (compared to normal) and temperatures around twenty or twenty one. I would take this summer (and cold but dry) spring every year if I could. In fact my impressions have been that the last five years or so the weather here has been drier than usual with fewer rain days and more sunshine. Autumn and early winter two years ago for example was glorious with lots of sunshine and last winter was the coldest for ten years but relatively dry (both positives in my book). I wonder if it might be a side effect of the slowing of the AMOC.
  12. Maximum of 26C and sunshine all day today and it is going to be sunny again tomorrow but more like 21C , which is a little more pleasant for me
  13. 24C here and rising. Personally I prefer it cooler but I'm not going to complain if it is dry and sunny given the typical weather here. In fact I would be quite happy with 15C or 16C as long as it is dry and sunny and not too windy. If I'm outside I tend to be active and not sitting around so that feels quite pleasant with a relatively strong sun.
  14. At this rate you will likely end up with half the average annual rainfall that occurs here. And about a third of the average rainfall that occurs a few miles up the road.
  15. In the West of Scotland the driest months are usually May, April, June, July and then August, in that order. April and June rain totals are very close and in some places may be reversed but August is usually a fair bit wetter than the others.
  16. I think the South East has received the 'normal' Scottish summer this year. We've had an excellent summer up here so far and it has been quite dry though it has been a lot cooler yesterday and today with lows of 6C overnight but a pleasant 18 to 20 C maximum. Even May was quite dry though also cold. It also looks like it is going to return to normal conditions of unsettled going forward and may be quite wet by the end of the week but the garden does need it
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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)
  20. 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
  21. 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..
  22. 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
  23. 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) .
  24. 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
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