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#124746 - 01/06/2008 00:31 Re: The UK weather thread
UK Steve Offline
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Summer begins tomorrow, although there has been a long run of bad summers in years ending in an 8 going all the way back to the 19th century, I hope this ends in 2008 as I would hate to experience another summer like last year.

Here's some stats from previous summers (Coleshill weather station). Data from weather online.

2003: Avg max 22.7ēC, High max 34.5ēC, Rain 115.6mm.

2004: Avg max 21.0ēC, High max 29.4ēC, Rain 246.2mm.

2005: Avg max 21.3ēC, High max 30.3ēC, Rain 212.2mm.

2006: Avg max 23.0ēC, High max 34.9ēC, Rain 107.4mm

2007: Avg max 19.8ēC, High max 27.9ēC, Rain 321.4mm

The all time best UK heatwave was in late June and early July 1976, it is the hottest 30 day period on record in the UK with an average mean temperature of 20.9ēC. Heathrow airport in London reached 30ēC on 16 consecutive days (see below) between June 23rd and July 8th (Probably a record). No heatwave since has come close to beating this record. Unfortunately, the summers in the following years were very cool.

Heathrow max temps (23/6/76 - 8/7/76) 31, 31, 33, 35, 34, 34, 31, 31, 31, 33, 34, 33, 33, 33, 32, 31

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#124747 - 03/06/2008 01:48 Re: The UK weather thread
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Spring 2008 weather stats
Average mean temperature: 9.2ēC
Average max: 13.2ēC
Average min: 5.2ēC
Highest max: 25ēC (May 11th)
Lowest min: -3ēC (March 5th)
Rainfall: 199.4mm
Days with rain: 54
Days with snow: 5
Wettest day: 36mm (May 28th)
Sunshine: 338.7hrs
Daily average: 3.7hrs

May 2008 weather stats
Average temperature: 13.2ēC
Average max: 17.7ēC
Average min: 8.6ēC
Highest max: 25ēC (11th)
Lowest min: 1ēC (19th & 20th)
Days above 20ēC: 8
Rainfall: 81.8mm
Days with rain: 12
Wettest day: 36mm (28th)
Sunshine: 134.7hrs
Daily average: 4.5hrs

Rainfall data not available for March 9th & 10th and sunshine & min temp data not available for May 17th. Data from the Coleshill weather station on the weather online website.

An interesting spring with several notable events, March colder than January for the first time in 25 years, more snow than winter with a white easter and the heaviest April snowfall since 1989. The first half of May was one of the warmest on record.

The record UK high for June is 35.6ēC which was recorded at Southampton on June 28th 1976 and the record UK low for June is -5.6ēC which was recorded in the Scottish highlands on June 9th 1955 and also in Norfolk on June 1st and 3rd 1962.

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#124748 - 03/06/2008 04:48 Re: The UK weather thread
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Hey Steve:

Well, to answer your question, I very much doubt if the yearly rainfall in Mena will reach the 2,000mm (80"+)-mark. If it does so, we'd have to get a ton-load of rain in the Autumn & Winter as we are now coming to the drier parts of the year--the time of year when most cold fronts wash-out before making it this far south; the high percentage of our Summer rainevents being those heating/instability ("pop-up") showers.

That said, I do remember one year (in the late '70s, mabye 1979) when Mena copped just short (79.98"/2,031.4mm, I think it was---the wettest year I've ever experienced) of 80" rain in a year. So it could happen, but not that likely.

Hey, Many Thanks for the link to that Very Interesting report on that June cold snap.
Yes, heres hoping you get that much-needed warmer weather this year. I wish I could send you some of the warmth here (minus the sticky humidity wink )
Thanks also for the kind wishes for a great Summer. I just hope we get some kind of consistent rains to help keep the area veggie gardens happy.

The Summer Solstice in the US begins on June 21 this year.

Cheers & Have A Good One~~~Wet Snow
P.S. Looking through my records: The wettest recent year for Mena was 76.96"/1,954.7mm of rain for 1990 (that total is 22.46"/570.4mm above the yearly normal).

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#124749 - 04/06/2008 00:16 Re: The UK weather thread
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Thursday - A dry day with some sunshine in the morning and early afternoon before turning overcast, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC.

Friday - Dry and mostly overcast with a brief period of sunshine in the late afternoon, Max 18ēC, Min 12ēC.

Saturday - Partly cloudy and dry, feeling pleasant in the sunshine, Max 19ēC, Min 12ēC.

Sunday - Not the best start to summer, overcast and cool, Max 16ēC, Min 13ēC.

Monday - Cloudy with light rain showers in the evening, Max 18ēC, Min 11ēC.

At the moment, it's overcast with light rain, feeling cold with the temperature at the moment only at 14ēC.

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#124750 - 07/06/2008 02:35 Re: The UK weather thread
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Tuesday - Overcast, cool and very wet, Max 15ēC, Min 12ēC.

Wednesday - Dry and very sunny, Max 18ēC, Min 7ēC.

Thursday - A cool night, but a dry and mostly sunny day, Max 19ēC, Min 7ēC.

Today's been mostly sunny and feeling fairly warm with a max so far of 18ēC

No 20ēC so far this summer, although there is a chance of reaching it on Sunday.

Here's the met office May 2008 weather review

Sunrise this morning was at 4:46am and sunset tonight is at 9:25pm, twilight begins at 3:58am and ends at 10:13pm.

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#124751 - 09/06/2008 04:16 Re: The UK weather thread
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Friday - A dry and mostly sunny day, Max 19ēC, Min 8ēC.

Saturday - A mainly cloudy day with a few brief sunny periods, Max 18ēC, Min 8ēC.

A lovely warm and sunny day here today with the max reaching 24ēC, the best day of the summer so far.

It should be warm again tomorrow, although the long range outlook is not great with no sign of any prolonged warm and sunny period. Summers in years ending in an 8 always seem to be disappointing, looking at the stats, the last decent summer ending in an 8 was way back in 1868 eek

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UK Outlook for Friday 13 Jun 2008 to Sunday 22 Jun 2008:
A cool north to northwesterly flow of air is expected to give a mix of sunshine and showers across the United Kingdom through into the weekend. The showers most prevalent and heaviest towards the north and east of the country, where a few longer spells of rain are possible. Looking beyond the weekend, the trend is fairly similar through next week, with northern and eastern areas expected to remain rather cool and unsettled with further showery, sometimes breezy weather at times. In this period, western and especially southwestern areas of the UK will often be dry, sunnier and warmer than elsewhere. Temperatures will typically range from near or below normal in the north and east, to around the average for the time of year in the southwest.

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#124752 - 12/06/2008 23:42 Re: The UK weather thread
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Monday - A perfect summer day, warm and dry with clear blue skies all day, Max 25ēC, Min 10ēC.

Tuesday - A partly cloudy start, but the cloud had cleared by the late morning and it was another lovely warm and sunny day although a bit cooler than Monday, Max 20ēC, Min 11ēC.

Wednesday - Mostly overcast and feeling cooler, some light rain in the evening, Max 19ēC, Min 10ēC.

It's been an overcast and cold day here with light rain showers, max so far is only 13ēC.

June 13th holds the record for one of the most strangest UK weather stats. 30ēC has been recorded on every day of the summer with one exception, which is June 13th. The record for that date is just 28.3ēC and is 2.4ēC lower than the 2nd coolest June date record. There are days in April and October that have higher date records.

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#124753 - 16/06/2008 00:03 Re: The UK weather thread
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Thursday - Overcast and cool with light rain showers, turning brighter with sunshine for a while in the evening. Max 15ēC, Min 9ēC.

Friday - Dry but feeling cool, mainly overcast in the morning but a sunny evening. Max 15ēC, Min 6ēC.

Saturday - A better day with some periods of sunshine, Max 18ēC, Min 8ēC.

Sunrise today was at 4:43am and sunset is at 9:31pm, twilight begins at 3:53am and ends at 10:21pm.

It looks like we're going to get the first below average June since 1999, and maybe the coolest since 1991. Only 3 out of 14 days so far this month have reached 20ēC. At least it hasn't been a washout so far like last summer. Hopefully there will be some warmth in July and August.

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#124754 - 20/06/2008 08:07 Re: The UK weather thread
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Sunday - A cool day, but dry with plenty of sunshine, Max 17ēC, Min 6ēC.

Monday - An unusually cold night for mid June, but a dry day with some sunny periods, Max 18ēC, Min 4ēC.

Tuesday - Dry with patchy cloud and sunshine, Max 18ēC, Min 6ēC.

Wednesday - Overcast and dull with light rain and drizzle, Max 17ēC, Min 11ēC.

Thursday - Light rain overnight, but dry with sunny periods afterwards, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC.

It's now just 3 out of 19 days which have reached 20ēC so far this month, and there's even a small chance that June could be cooler than May (This has only happened twice before since records began in 1659). However, we've had much worse weather in June before, just look how bad June 1991 was.

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#124755 - 20/06/2008 12:57 Re: The UK weather thread
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UK Steve surely -1C in June must be an error? I find it very hard to believe Birmingham can drop that low, even at the very start of June!!! In your time can you ever remember a night in June getting anywhere near that mark?

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#124756 - 20/06/2008 23:24 Re: The UK weather thread
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Originally posted by pete25:
UK Steve surely -1C in June must be an error? I find it very hard to believe Birmingham can drop that low, even at the very start of June!!! In your time can you ever remember a night in June getting anywhere near that mark?
That's not an error, I think that actually did happen, Birmingham has even had snow in early June once (in 1975 )

Those stats are for Birmingham airport on the outer edge of the city, it might have been a bit warmer at the Edgbaston weather station, near the city centre.

Here's the description for that month.

Quote:

June 1991. Cold (12.1) and wet; 25 rain days in some places. Dull (79% average). Snowfall in the Grampians on the 2-3rd. Midday temperature on the 7th of only 9C in the London area. Chipstead (Surrey) recorded -1.7C on the 2nd. On the 9th, there was snow down to 600 m, causing travel problems in northern Scotland.

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#124757 - 25/06/2008 08:37 Re: The UK weather thread
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Friday - Dry with some sunshine, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC

Saturday - Overcast with light rain and drizzle, feeling very cool, Max 17ēC, Min 11ēC

Sunday - Some overnight rain, but a dry and mostly sunny day before turning overcast in the afternoon, unusually windy for June as well, Max 18ēC, Min 13ēC.

Monday - A dry and mostly sunny day, feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, Max 19ēC, Min 10ēC.

Tuesday - A mainly overcast day but feeling warmer and more humid than previous days, Max 21ēC, Min 8ēC.

So far June has been an average month (although feeling cool compared to the warmer June's during the past 5 years). Rainfall is about average and sunshine just above average. One thing that's missing is a prolonged warm and sunny period (The warmest temperature so far this year in the UK is 27.5ēC at Great Malvern on May 11th)

This picture was taken at 10:15pm on Friday night, notice how light the sky is.


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#124758 - 30/06/2008 00:47 Re: The UK weather thread
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Wednesday - Mostly dry with sunny periods and a brief light rain shower in the morning, Max 20ēC, Min 12ēC.

Thursday - Mainly overcast with a wet evening, Max 19ēC, Min 10ēC.

Friday - Mostly cloudy with some light rain showers during the afternoon, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC.

Saturday - Dry with some afternoon sunshine, Max 20ēC, Min 14ēC.

It could be an interesting day on Tuesday, with warm and humid temperatures and the potential for some decent thunderstorms in places (I'm not hopeful as we always seem to miss any good thunderstorms here)

This website has a detailed description of the types of thunderstorms that happen in the UK, and the conditions that they can develop in.

It looks like this will be the second June in a row where no place in the UK has recorded a temperature of 28ēC or higher, we haven't even come close to 30ēC here since July 2006.

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#124759 - 01/07/2008 06:47 Re: The UK weather thread
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No 30°C temperatures anywhere in the UK yet?! That sounds odd. I'd expect to see such high temps at least in the South of England at least by the Channel coast or in around Greater London.

Would you know how this June ranks in terms of the coolest Junes recorded in the UK and Birmingham?

Already, last weekend's been a hot one here in Edmonton, Alberta and southern BC (temps up to 38°C have already been recorded in parts of the Southern BC Interior). It's currently 31°C, even though it's not even 3:00 pm here yet! I'm leaving for Vancouver tomorrow, and thank God, I'm taking a WestJet flight there and not going there by road!
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#124760 - 01/07/2008 20:31 Re: The UK weather thread
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Originally posted by Mike in Canada:
No 30°C temperatures anywhere in the UK yet?! That sounds odd. I'd expect to see such high temps at least in the South of England at least by the Channel coast or in around Greater London.

Would you know how this June ranks in terms of the coolest Junes recorded in the UK and Birmingham?

Already, last weekend's been a hot one here in Edmonton, Alberta and southern BC (temps up to 38°C have already been recorded in parts of the Southern BC Interior). It's currently 31°C, even though it's not even 3:00 pm here yet! I'm leaving for Vancouver tomorrow, and thank God, I'm taking a WestJet flight there and not going there by road!
Although this June has felt cool, the average temperature is about normal. It's just that since we've had a long sequence of warm June's with some high temperatures in recent years (5 consecutive June's over 1ēC above the 1971-2000 average), that even an average one seems cool. June 2008 is the coolest since 1999 for the UK, and Birmingham as well.

30ēC will probably be reached somewhere in SE England during this summer, even the awful summer last year managed 30.1ēC in eastern England.

The following years have failed to reach 30ēC anywhere in the UK since 1900.

1910, 1913, 1920, 1927, 1931, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1993.

At the moment, it's 20ēC with hazy sunshine, the forecast max is 26ēC.

Have a good time in Vancouver smile

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#124761 - 02/07/2008 23:50 Re: The UK weather thread
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June 2008 weather stats

Average mean: 14.3ēC
Average max: 18.7ēC
Average min: 9.7ēC
Highest max: 24.7ēC (9th)
Lowest min: 3.2ēC (16th)
Rainfall: 42.6mm
Wettest day: 17.0mm (4th)
Days with rain: 10
Sunshine: 165.1 hrs
Daily average: 5.7 hrs
Sunniest day: 14.5 hrs (9th)

An average June here, although still the coolest since 1999. There were a number of pleasant sunny days although it was rarely very warm. Rainfall was just below average, and thankfully it wasn't a washout like the second half of June 2007. The sunshine total was almost exactly average. No sign of any thunderstorms last month, not even a single rumble of thunder.

No sunshine data available for June 17th and no rainfall & min temp data available for June 18th, the real rainfall total is probably about 50mm, and the sunshine hours about 172. Data from the Coleshill weather station on the weather online website.

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#124762 - 03/07/2008 14:36 Re: The UK weather thread
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Registered: 17/06/2002
Posts: 5961
Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Hello Steve:

In re to your query: "What's the lowest yearly maximum ever recorded in Mena ?" and "Has there ever been a year where the maximum failed to hit 90F ?"

I'm sorry, but I can't fully answer your questions, as I don't think there are archived temperatures from Mena, Arkansas on the 'Net.

I can tell you what my weather records show (maximum temperatures from Radio Station KENA, the official weather station in Mena [about a mile/1.6km to my SSE]).
Unsure about failing to hit the 90F/32.2C-mark in a year, but there have been several years in which the Yearly Highest Temperature has failed to hit 100F/37.7C.

Since 1985 (as far back as my records go), here are the years that Mena failed to hit 100F/37.7C in a year:
1987: 99F/37.2C--Aug. 4
1988: 95F/35C--June 23, 28, 30, July 1, Aug. 8 & 9
1991: 97F/36.1C--July 23
1992: 92F/33.3C--July 25 (the coldest yearly max. in my records)
1996: 94F/34.4C--July 3, 6 & 23
1997: 97F/36.1C--July 28
2001: 99F/37.2C--July 12 & 22
2002: 96F/35.5C--Aug. 2, 3, 4, 6 & 23
2003: 98F/36.6C--July 29 & Aug. 17
2004: 96F/35.5C--Aug. 3

It seems that we fail to hit 100F in the wetter years as in prolonged dry periods is when the temperatures here get the hottest (100F+).

Wow! A 75F highest temperature for a year! I don't think I could handle that--I mean, we can have days (just before powerful cold fronts hit) nearly that hot in January & December.

Yes, I cannot believe how wet the first-half of the year has been here; So Glad that flooding is really not much of a problem here. I hope we get adequate rains over Summer as quite a lot of folks around here (inc. Mom & I) have veggie gardens (& adequate rains helps keep the water bills lower laugh )

Anyway, hope this helps.
Thanks for the Very Kind holiday wishes & I hope your July 4th weekend is great as well wink

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. (In Your opinion) what's the main reason that your area (Birmingham) fails to have hotter Summertime temperatures? Is it your Northerly Latitude? Proximity to the Ocean? Airflow/Excess Cloudcover/Prolonged Wet Weather?
Does your proximity to the ocean cause the humidity levels to be higher/more sticky?

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#124763 - 04/07/2008 22:00 Re: The UK weather thread
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Sunday - A mixed day, a dry and warm start followed by afternoon rain showers and some strong gusty winds. Becoming fine and sunny again in the evening, Max 20ēC, Min 11ēC.

Monday - A dry and warm day with plenty of sunshine, Max 21ēC, Min 10ēC.

Tuesday - The best day of the year so far, a hot and humid day with mostly hazy sunshine before turning overcast in the early evening with light rain showers. Max 26ēC, Min 9ēC.

Wednesday - Mostly cloudy with some heavy rain showers in the afternoon, but clearing up and becoming pleasantly sunny in the evening, Max 19ēC, Min 10ēC.

Thursday - A similar day to Wednesday, mainly cloudy with occasional rain showers, but becoming clear and sunny in the evening, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC.

The record high UK temperature for July is 36.5ēC, which was set at Wisley on July 19th 2006 and the record low is -2.5ēC which was set in the Scottish highlands on July 15th 1977, and also at St Harmon in Wales on July 9th 1986. The driest July was in 1825 with 8.2mm and the wettest was in 1828 with 182.6mm.

Quote:
Originally posted by Wet Snow:
Hello Steve:
P.S. (In Your opinion) what's the main reason that your area (Birmingham) fails to have hotter Summertime temperatures? Is it your Northerly Latitude? Proximity to the Ocean? Airflow/Excess Cloudcover/Prolonged Wet Weather?
Does your proximity to the ocean cause the humidity levels to be higher/more sticky?


It's a combination of what you mentioned above, and some people have been used to warmer summers in recent years, so an average summer (like this one has been), seems like a bad one. The best summers in the UK are in the SE, which is the closest to mainland Europe, and the coolest summers are in northern Scotland, which is further away from the warmth coming up from Africa and Europe, and more exposed to the Atlantic.

The Atlantic does make the air more humid during warmer weather (although rarely uncomfortable) if the winds are from the SW, but when the warmth is coming from an easterly or SE direction, it is drier as it hasn't picked up any moisture.

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#124764 - 09/07/2008 01:18 Re: The UK weather thread
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Friday - An unusually cold night for July, but the weather improved in the afternoon with some pleasantly warm sunshine. Max 20ēC, Min 6ēC.

Saturday - Light rain showers in the early morning and late evening, but a dry afternoon with some sunshine. Max 21ēC, Min 12ēC.

Sunday - Cool and dull for most of the day with light rain, but there was some dry and sunny weather in the evening. Max 18ēC, Min 13ēC.

Monday - A cool day with more light rain showers, but improving with some sunny weather in the evening, Max 17ēC, Min 12ēC.

At the moment, it's mostly cloudy and the temperature is 17ēC.

A weather warning has been issued by the met office for heavy rain tomorrow, with the possibility of 25-35mm, or even up to 50mm in some places.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_warnings.html

Here's the met office June 2008 weather review

The last 3 summer months here in the UK have been unusually cool, it's the first time we've had 3 consecutive below average summer months (1971-2000 average) since June 1999. (The last time all 3 summer months in the same year were below average was in 1987)

July 2007: 15.2ēC (-1.3 below average, coolest since 1993)
August 2007: 15.4ēC (-0.8, coolest since 1993)
June 2008: 13.9ēC (-0.2, equal coolest since 1991)

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#124765 - 11/07/2008 22:36 Re: The UK weather thread
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Tuesday - Mostly dry and sunny, although the temperature was nothing special, Max 19ēC, Min 11ēC.

Wednesday - A miserable day, feeling more like October than July. Dull and overcast skies with constant light rain all day from 5am to 11pm, I even had to put the heating on at on point because it felt so chilly. Max 17ēC, Min 11ēC. (Although for most of the day, temps were about 14-15ēC).

Thursday - A better day, although still not feeling like summer. Some light rain in the morning, and a couple of brief rain showers in the afternoon and a minimal amount of sunshine. Max 19ēC, Min 13ēC.

If this weather continues for the rest of the month, we could have the coolest July since 1988, or even 1965. I thought cold summers like this one (and last year's) were a thing of the past with a warmer climate, looks like I was wrong. Unless there is an improvement in August, we could have a second below average summer in a row for the first time in 20 years.

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