May 19, 2012

BEASTLY WEATHER

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This photo was taken on 11th March, ten weeks ago.  It was a Sunday, it was 21°C and we had lunch outdoors.  In Derbyshire. 

We had a couple of nice weeks of incredibly warm weather in March.  Since then the weather has been very disappointing.

Today as I drove to work (19th May) it was 6.5°C, grey and raining.  Beastly weather.  I try not to get too depressed when I think that the longest day is in about 4 weeks’ time.  The latest in the year that I personally recall having snow was on 5th June, although I can’t remember exactly which year – some time in the 80’s I think.

I heard on the radio yesterday that the hottest summer on record in the UK was in 1976 – I remember it well – and that year it snowed on 1st June in the north of England.  So there’s always hope.

I hope it’s a bit warmer and sunnier where you are this weekend.

Bon weekend !!

22 comments:

  1. We had some warm and sunny days in March too, and one of my colleagues has already put her winter wardrobe in the attic till next winter. The last weeks she has been turning up in jeans and big sweaters though :)! Today is sunny here but heavy rains are expected as from tomorrow afternon and Monday ... But let's be optimistic: this can't go on forever ... I bet the last week of May and the first of June will be sunny and warm! Martine

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    1. Martine, I rarely put my winter clothes away until June and I get them out again in October - such is the English weather !!
      Mind you, I did pack the snow shovel and bag of gravel away when it was very warm at the end of March then it snowed a week later !! They are still by the back door, just in case.

      The forecast does look slightly more promising for our visits to France - you should be even better off, being there the week after we have come back home.

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  2. nope :-( thunderstorms with possible hail forecast for this afternoon. Although we did get some sunny spells this morning and it is about 18C.

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    1. N&A, at least it is a bit warmer, chez vous.

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  3. We had rain yesterday, here across the pond. Could have been snow, but not quite cold enough.

    I'm guessing that Lulu is still wearing her winter coat, and so is not particularly effected by all this nonsense.

    A la prochaine.

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    1. Bear, I always feel guilty about complaining when you mention your weather !!
      Lulu has just been trimmed and her coat has been cut not too short because it's still so chilly.

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  4. It's still pretty miserable over the border in Staffordshire. It's not cold, but overcast and grey. It hasn't rained since this morning, which on current weather form means a good day!

    I think we had our summer in March. We did have some snow on Tuesday...

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    1. Gaynor, at least snow in May doesn't usually amount to much, but it's so depressing.

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  5. Well, we were up around 39 for several days, but we're back down to the 20s right now. Either way, better than 6.5! I was in the UK the summer of '76. No air conditioning anywhere! We went to the beach in Scarborough to escape the heat. I hope you'll have some relief soon!

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    1. Mitchell, air conditioning was unheard of in 1976 !! Even now most places don't have it because we so rarely need it. We just put up with the odd day or two that are slightly too warm !!

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  6. Grey, damp and cold here in Mid-Wales too, Jean. We're still using the winter-weight bedding with June on the horizon. It's hard to remember that we had that lovely spell of weather when you look out of the window.

    I remember the heatwaves of 75 and 76 and the fact that it snowed at the Whitsun Bank Holiday as it was then called. I'd thought that was in 1975, but my memory isn't what it was. :-) But I do know that 10 days later the weather was tropical!

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    1. Perpetua, I'm clinging on the hope that it will soon be tropical - forever the optimist !!

      The most depressing thing is not being able to take advantage of the longer evenings because of the rain. Our outdoor furniture has not been used since that warm spell in March.

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  7. Oh, Jean, it's not quite so miserable here in France, but this has been a disappointing spring. After early warmth in March we've been stuck in a pattern of rain, grey, brief interludes of sun, and then back to grey and cool. I was hoping to get the tomatoes out into the garden this week, but I think I'll wait a few more days.

    I was over in Loches today for a bit of shopping and got the usual surprise of rain as I exited the market with a full basket of groceries.

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    1. Keir, even in the greenhouse some of our seeds have not germinated, it's been too cold. No courgettes this year !!

      When I check the forecast it always seems to be a bit better in the Loire than it is here in Derbyshire.

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  8. We're not too happy with the weather either! The forecast is for rain all day Sunday and then it is supposed to improve..... We've long since given up holding our breath this year!

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    1. C&E, at least you don't have to water the vegetables so much this year !!

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  9. "beastly" is one of the many English words Americans don't use but I wish we did. I very much enjoy using it. It almost is as much fun as saying 'rubbish'.

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    1. Spo, it is definitely rubbish weather !!

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  10. Weather here also rubbish. Driving back to Dover was a nightmare, will do a post soon. Diane

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    1. Diane, the journey to Dover is the one bit of our holidays in France that I simply dread. We have got into the habit of leaving home between 3 and 4 in the morning to avoid the worst of the traffic further south but we still come unstuck sometimes. Glad you made it home safely.

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  11. Raining here. At least it isn't like last year when we desperately needed the rain and the météo kept predicting it, but none came.

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    1. Susan, hopefully your potager will do better this year. The weather is bound to warm up soon and then everything should start growing beautifully !!

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