According to a survey the wet and miserable weather this Summer
has been very costly to the rural parts of the UK. The wettest
summer for 100 years has hit the countryside hard.
Less visitors to the country and to countryside attractions;
events having to be cancelled; even less ice cream being sold. And
for farmers, wet lands leading to damaged hooves and rising vet
costs; having to buy more food in, rather than letting the animals
graze in the fields; crops dying and rotting after too much rain.
And the honey industry has suffered too as well as other foods.
So the question is, will all these losses lead to rising
food costs in our shops and supermarkets? Time will tell.
At the moment, the forecast for the beginning of September looks
quite promising. Any low pressure system, should, on the whole,
keep well away from Wales to begin with and so there is some decent
weather ahead of us, with good sunny spells.
During the second week of September, there are signs that the
jetstream will move southwards again and so bringing more unsettled
Otherwise, as was the case in August, the jetstream is not
likely to stay in one place. The jetstream will be constantly
moving to the north and then to the south etc etc, and so as well
as wet and windy weather, there are periods of dry and settled
weather on the horizon too!
As well as determining where rain-bearing weather systems go,
the all important jet stream also controls the distribution of heat
around our planet. During the next few days, the jet stream is set
to head northwards over much of Europe. What this will do is scoop
up a huge plume of hot air from Northern Africa and push it over
most of the continent.
This will bring an extensive heatwave across Europe from this
weekend onwards. Daytime temperatures in many areas south of
Scandinavia will reach 35C with parts of the Med approaching 40C.
Nighttime temperatures will struggle to dip much below 18C !
But will the Uk and Wales get hotter? At the moment it looks
like a case of so near yet so far. The hot air will give central
and eastern parts of England this weekend temperatures that
might reach 30C. However the hot air will be swept away by a cold
front on Sunday!
So hot in Greece and Italy and Turkey and most of the continent.
But blame that jet stream once again for disappointing weather in
As the sun arrives Wales this weekend I'll be jetting off to the
beautiful country that is Greece... Enjoy the Royal Welsh Show and
I'll see you during the Eisteddfod week, a stone's throw away from
our family home at Ogmore.
I'll be back blogging in a fortnight, until then, in
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(Hwyl fawr am y tro!)
According to experts, tropical storm Chris...yes, Chris....is
very weak and is acting like a zombie! That is, it's alive but it
shouldn't be. The storm is in a part of the world that does
not experience such activity and the temperature of the water is
below 78C. As well as that, it's not a very well organised storm
Sums up Chris quite well!
And this was the view from the house last night!
This was the scene on Ogmore beach over the weekend, while
walking with the dog! No not snow, but sea foam, created by
decomposing algae in the sea, combined with the tide and strong
Not at the moment! If the jetstream moves to the north of the
UK, then the weather will probably settle, with high pressure
building and pushing the weather systems and the rain towards
Scandinavia and Iceland rather than towards the UK.
But at the moment, it's not looking too promising! The unsettled
weather is likely to stay with us for at least another two weeks.
Although the speed of the jet stream does vary, which means that as
it speeds up, there will be periods of wind and rain, but as it
slows down, we are likely to see drier and brighter conditions.
We shall see.
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