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Freaky British Weather or Global Warming ?
Saturday 1st October 2011 3pm
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.
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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