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  1. Philipsfd

    2002 worst year for weather?

    There was exceptional rainfall (showers) which lead to some flash flooding in Manchester on the afternoon of Friday 14th June (think there was thunder too). Also I remember we went to Southport on a Friday in either late July or August and the thing that stands out is how shockingly bad the weather was - persistent rain all day. Does anyone having a likely date for this? On the other hand there was a heatwave in late July, which brought a higher maximum than anything from 2001. I remember some glorious sunny days in the September and October, a handful just by memory. Seem to remember the Easter having a settled spell of weather too; possibly the last time to date that we've had settled weather over an early Easter (31st March)?
  2. Philipsfd

    August 2008: horrific

    To cast a brighter light on this month, I can remember a very decent spell of weather from the 11th-15th. The 14th-15th especially were both beautiful warm days in the West Midlands and North West.
  3. Philipsfd

    Was summer 2009 a bad summer?

    I think 2002 was warmer than 2001 but was also wetter and cloudier. It was poor in the North West, especially July from what I recall. There was also an absolute deluge in Manchester on a Friday afternoon in the middle of June. August was notably warm in the South East from what I've read though. 2017 - the latter half of the summer was a big let down after a good first half (3rd week of June especially). It's worth mentioning too how poor the September was, as September has often brought pleasant weather in recent years, even after a drab July/August.
  4. Philipsfd

    Was summer 2009 a bad summer?

    Would 2001 be a fair comparison with 2009 in terms of the summer?
  5. Philipsfd

    Was summer 2009 a bad summer?

    Most of the days of this summer had plenty of sunshine involved (at least June and most of July) which was good. Plenty of rain too but at least there were some thunderstorms. From memory, there were a handful of shocking spells though - 16-17th July was persistent rain in the NW and I think 26-29th was similar. In fact thinking about it the period from 26th July through to about the 13th August was rather dull from what I remember, albeit with occasional sunny and warm days such as the 8th-9th. The final (BH) weekend of August was also very dull and wet IIRC. The middle couple of weeks of September were warm and sunny.
  6. Philipsfd

    June 2012 worst ever summer month?

    It was pretty terrible in Manchester, but I vaguely remember the final week from around the 24th being relatively decent, nothing special mind. How does it compare to 97 and 07?
  7. I know as a whole the summer has been warmer and drier than last year, but in terms of heatwaves, have we even matched that amazing 5 day spell of weather from last June? The records say 5 days of 30c and above, the hottest June temperature since 95 and it just felt a little more intense than the heatwaves we've had so far this summer.
  8. The heatwave in early June 2016 seems to be overlooked a lot now, perhaps because of the heavy rain that followed. But it was mainly dry, sunny and at times very warm from about the 2nd-9th. We had evening thundery breakdowns on the 4th, 7th and 8th I think.
  9. Would I be right in thinking this Spring has been similar to 2001 and 2008? Both of them had a chilly and damp April but a warm and dry May and didn't 2001 have a cold March? Would you be happy if this summer is similar to summer 2001? I think June '01 was fairly warm and dry if I remember rightly and the indications are for similar weather now.
  10. Total sunshine and rainfall levels for the month are better than July '95 and even not too far behind August '95. Average temperatures weren't quite so high but still around the same level as August '03. It was glorious for much of the month, but it seems the average temperature is often used to determine if it was a good month or not.
  11. Is it fair to say that July 1999 was the second best summer month of the 90s, after August 1995?
  12. Every reason if you don't like damp and very muggy weather! The June was a washout, July was probably the best month for pleasant and comfortable weather; quite sunny, dry and not too hot or humid. The August was nothing special on the sunshine levels and as said earlier it certainly wasn't dry! Even the top temperature was nothing special; just many days of very warm and humid weather. A very overrated month/summer, although it was a good one for thunderstorms. I'd describe August 1997 as a warmer and more humid version of August 1999, both were quite thundery at times.
  13. In terms of previous good or hot summers from the 90s onwards; is it fair to say that summers 1994, 1996, 2004 and 2005 are hugely underrated, perhaps because they were all either immediately before or after one of the so called 'scorchers'? The 94 and 04 summers produced some intense heat.
  14. In fairness I think there was a bit of a north-south divide in August '98. It was dry and reasonably sunny throughout most of the country but I think the Midlands and the South got the best of it - and in places it was very sunny and very dry. Similarly, the August of 2009 was a very warm month in the south east with fairly consistent mid-high 20s max daily temperatures; it was less so in the north. August 2009 is a little underrated at least for the heat it brought. In fact if you measure that summer as 21st June to 21st September then I'd say it was comfortably the best of the 2007-2012 era.