I have been hearing on the media that we have just had the hottest April and May for many years, as measured by maximum temperatures. This is a curious way of reporting recent weather. You would have thought they would record average temperatures, as this is a more normal representation of what we experience day by day. I guess the careful wording leaves out the minima which were not so hot.
I remember in early April receiving ice warnings in my car each morning because the outside temperature was zero degrees centigrade when I left home. Coming back in the evening it was none too hot either. On Sunday last when I was playing cricket it was just 12 degrees centigrade – and raining for some of the time. Yesterday was around 12 degrees again, and this is June. This morning was similarly chilly, though as on other days it warmed up a bit by noon. I went to an under cover summer production yesterday evening where we the audience were at outside temperature. I have never seen so many rugs, anoraks, blankets, capes and other unusual makeshift garments be produced as the temperature fell to 7 degrees C.
The impression I have is of more easterly winds than usual, accounting for the absence of rain in eastern and southern England. It also would account for the more continental temperature range, from lower to higher than usual when we face our south westerlies from the Gulf stream. The recent rains have come in the back of our old prevailing south westerlies. The more weather we get from the continent, the wider the temperature range and the drier the winds.
Now all the outdoor events are with us there seems to be more rain around. I accept even if it rains more from now we have had a very dry year so far in the south and west. The complaints about a possible water shortage should be no surprise. Given the large increase in population, and the growing prosperity of people over the years (despite the nasty recession and set back), we need more water capacity. The government should turn its attention to that with the water companies, whatever the weather forecast.