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Harsh winter = hot summer?

2nd July, 2015

Here in Britain, we are all too familiar with extreme temperatures bringing the country to its knees. From a few flakes of snow bringing our road network to a standstill, to hot temperatures melting the very pavements we walk on, we do seem to struggle when the thermometer hits extremities at either end of the scale.

And yesterday was no different. With hot air being fed to us from the continent, temperatures soared to leave us with the hottest July day on record. Up and down the country records tumbled and, whilst they are not expected to reach such dizzying heights today, here at our offices in Saxmundham we are still expecting temperatures in the mid to high twenties today.

Record Breaking Day

With London baking in temperatures higher than those experienced in Mediterranean hotspots such as Rome and Athens, we saw:

  • Temperatures reaching 36.7°C at Heathrow Airport. This beat the previous record of 36.5°C, which had stood since 2006.
  • Players at Wimbledon were forced to endure temperatures of 35.7°C, topping the previous record of 34.6°C.
  • Bookmaker William Hill offering odds of 10/1 that heat would stop play, rather than the traditional rain.
  • On average, temperatures were 7 degrees above normal for the time of year.

Does This Mean A Harsh Winter Is Ahead?

Now there are some people who believe that hot summer weather, as we are currently experiencing, increases the chances that we will see a harsh winter. However, the Met Office explain that this is not necessarily the case and that if you look through their records from the past 50 years you will find that long, hot summers are just as likely to be followed by a mild winter as a cold one.

It all depends on how long the areas of high pressure, such as the one currently sitting above us, hang around for. High pressure forces the air downwards and, as rain clouds are typically formed by rising air, the result is cloud free skies.

If high pressure controls our weather as we go into the autumn and early winter, the clear skies will continue as the days get shorter and as a result we are left with long, cloudless nights. With no cloud cover in place, the heat radiated from the ground escapes and makes the land cooler than usual.

“Without the cloud, you lose the blanket that keeps the ground warm at night. The result is a colder winter, so long as the high-pressure weather system doesn't move on.” - Derek Hardy, Met Office

So at this stage it is hard to predict what the winter has in store for us but, as we always say, it pays to be prepared for the worst. Contact our team today and we can discuss a bespoke winter maintenance plan for your business so that, should the worst happen, you are adequately prepared.

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