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Freaky British Weather or Global Warming ?

Updated on July 7, 2012

Saturday 1st October 2011 3pm

Temperature on Mercury building 30th Sept 2011
Temperature on Mercury building 30th Sept 2011 | Source
Could be time for one of these. What do you say.......Cheers!
Could be time for one of these. What do you say.......Cheers!

Freak weather or Global warming ?

For the last week Britain has been bathed in the best spell of hot weather this year. The only problem being....It's the 1st October today. The mercury has continued rising and has reached a staggering 30 degrees when we should be experiencing night time lows of around 7 or 8 degrees and daytime highs of around 15 degrees. Long may it continue.

Why is this ?

To be quite honest this spell of hot weather or heatwave appears to be nothing out of the ordinary in so much as the last record temperature at this time of year was as recent as 1985 when it hit 29.4 degrees. Prior to that the highest recorded September and October temperature was around 1907.

For an island which has it's own climate the UK can not cope with this type of heat in early summer let alone in Autumn. Yes it is supposed to be Autumn around these parts and the leaves had actually began turning and some had started to fall.

Where will it all end ?

As usual any spell of hot weather in the UK is bound to end with a rain storm. It is expected that the spell of hot weather will end with the remnants of an Atlantic storm known as Hurricane Ophelia. Batten down the hatches we could be in for a bumpy ride. Wouldn't it be ironic if at the start of October we have record high temperatures and by the end of the month record lows. Anything is possible. Watch this space if winter does arrive by the end of the month.

Spanish plume

Caused by hot Spanish air being driven towards Britain. Otherwise known as the Azores high this system often causes the end of the heatwave to include an Atlantic storm caused by a depression in the Azores. The hot air from the near continent is trapped in the high atmosphere and is then quickly cooled by colder air meeting from the east which then triggers storms. Often air from France can cause turbulent storms in the South east of the country.

Ah the smokey BBQ aroma !

As I sit in my living room at 18:25pm Saturday 1st October 2011 there is a wonderful aroma of a very smokey BBQ drifting in through my open living room windows.Current temperature is a comfortable now 22 degrees. Another 30 minutes and it will be dark!


Check out what the forecaters say.

Click on the link to view the local Anglia weather forecast and you will see what I mean about the unseasonal weather we are currently experiencing

If you like weather forecasts and forecasters in particular checkout Amanda Houston from Anglia T.V weather

The Anglia region covers eastern England and some of the East Midlands so has quite a variety of weather due to the location of the coastal area and inland regions.

Rainfall in this area tends to be lower than average but can get weather systems sweeping in from the North Sea as did in 1953 when the whole of the coast was flooded as well as North sea coastal regions of Europe.

In 2007 there was an imminent threat of a spring tidal surge whhich never materialised to the degree that the forecasters expected. There was fear that it could be a repeat of 1953.

Mercifully this never happened other than a swell around the coast causing higher than normal waves.

This area of the coast as in Holland is below sea level and the land has been reclaimed from the sea by building dykes in land draining the water from the fields and building coastal defences to keep the tide out.

Checkout my hub on the area

Hopefully you will get an idea what this coastal region then looks like in terms of Geography.

North Sea Coastal area floods in Europe 1953

The jury is out.

So the jury is out on this one as no one singular act of weather could ever be said to be caused by Global warming.

All I do know is that our Summer weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. It would seem that July and August traditionally the warmest months but now appear to be getting wetter. The early part of Spring sees us having the most settled weather with long spells of warm sunshine very quickly during Spring with the temperatures going into the middle 20's in a matter of days. March and April in recent years have seen good spells of as long as 5 weeks unbroken sunshine.

Indian summers are becoming more frequent with warmer temperatures into late September. The worry is that there will be a pay back for the extreme weather and that could be in the shape of very low, late Autumn temperatures and an extreme start to a long winter. We will just have to wait and see.


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  • poshcoffeeco profile image

    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hello Andy and thanks for the interesting comment. please visit anytime. Nice to have a fellow Brit around here.

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    andydurling 6 years ago from East Sussex, UK

    As an Englishman myself, living in Sussex, I can confirm that, from my experience, the British weather is becoming much more unpredictable with many more extreme weather events kicking in. I attribute that very much to global warming. As I understand the scientific evidence, global warming has some influence on all weather events now, contributing to making some of them more extreme than they would otherwise be in the absence of global warming. Teasing out the strength of the global warming signal from any single weather event is very difficult, but not impossible, and has been done for some extreme events, such as the record-braeking Russian heatwave of a few years ago. Anyway, thanks for an interesting read.

  • poshcoffeeco profile image

    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Having just had the hottest September and start to October I don't doubt it.

    Thanks for dropping by 2pats

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    2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    I read the other day that the cold summer/ warm autumn is to do with lack of sun spot activity. Don't know it that is true.

    Interesting hub.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Grl glad you like the old movies. (Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Homes etc).Keep warm this winter and thanks for your comments.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    always ex..nice to hear from you again. Plants and shrubs in garden don't know where they are with it. I have a Camelia which flowers around Feb/Mar time and it has it's buds on now. Harsh frost and they will need to be protected or may drop off!The Indiam summer has been nice though.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    SG thanks for your comments. Yeah it is in the low to mid 80's at the moment. Forecasters say could be over in a few days. Snow forecast for Highlands of Scotland on Friday!!!!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Be happy with what you have. Our weather here in Riga, Latvia is really crazy weather. Our summer had a handful of hot days last year there were dozens. Fall has marched in boldly etc, etc, etc. Last year we were literally buried in snow. Here we take each day as it comes because we never know for sure. By the way I am a great fan of those movies featuring thick London fog and the werewolf emerging from the

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    Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I don't know for sure but it must be global warming. It's in the 80's here, grass is still green, some flowers are still blooming. I'm not complaining. I love it!!!! Cheers

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    september girl 6 years ago

    Indian summer, I gather? Hot for us here in the U.S. is a balmy 80-90 degrees ferinheit, if it's in Autumn. We are at a pleasant 60's with rain here in the Pacific NW. I don't know how to convert celcius scale(not sure of spelling) to ferinheit. Never being any good in science. lol! Sorry poshcoffeeco, you may have to enlighten me? No matter what, hope it starts getting cooler soon, so you can all be comfortable again there on your lovely island of England, anyway. : )

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks DD and MM for commenting. Hot hot hot again is forecast for East Anglia tomorrow.

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi poshcoffeeco, this weather is so weird, I can't remember when I last wore shorts on October 1st!

    We had taken the summer duvet off, now we have taken the winter one off, back to the summer one, I see the flowers in my garden are just as confused as I am!

    Many thanks for sharing, take care.

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Too true Steve. Don't forget the predicted early snow for the end of October. Can't wait for this Christmas period. Trying to get four kids to school with a pushchair. Grr is all I can say.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi Mandy thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Yes I had heard it could snow in a few weeks. Weird weather or what?

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    mandypoole 6 years ago from UK

    I am in the UK too, and its so strange to think its now October, yet we are all dressed in summer clothes! The beach was packed today and everyone eating ice creams like its summer. Apparently its meant to snow in a few weeks .

  • poshcoffeeco profile image

    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    It's a tough job but someone has to do it w20. It is expected to be even hotter tomorrow!

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    Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    That's funny, my sisiter wrote this morning complaining about the heat. She lives in Bromley.


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