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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Weather 2014  Reply with quote

My neck of the woods has just experienced a brief but impressive thunderstorm - thunder, lightning, the works - and a fall of hail sufficiently heavy to pile up in corners looking like slushy snow. It lasted probably no longer than fifteen or twenty minutes and has given way, inevitably, to rain.

I did a bit of poking around online and discovered - as I thought - that while by no means impossible, winter thunderstorms are quite rare because the necessary conditions are harder to get together than in the summer months.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I was driving when mum and I both said, in unison, 'there's lightening'.  Seconds later it was nigh impossible to drive because of the deluge of hail.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People with chronic health conditions such as lung diseases, the pregnant (doubt if that applies to many here), the otherwise frail and elderly (that may do, though ) should beware of the heatwave warning the Met Office have given out for tomorrow, where much of the country may hit 30°C by late afternoon. It's possible that central London, heat sink that it is, may edge a degree or two higher still.

I'll be trying the two-bottles-of-frozen-water-in-front-of-a-fan thing tomorrow, which I've never tried before but which is supposed to be a useful air conditioning tip. I've no idea if it works.

The good news is that this is expected to last only for a few hours, and that the heat will over the weekend breed some impressive thunderstorms and torrential rain which are going to knock the temperatures down substantially. That rain itself could cause significant problems - the forecast predicts that a very great deal of rain is likely to fall in a short space of time - so again be careful.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaker wrote:


I'll be trying the two-bottles-of-frozen-water-in-front-of-a-fan thing tomorrow, which I've never tried before but which is supposed to be a useful air conditioning tip.


Well.. I've never heard of that, but that idea is definitely going in my back pocket for trying out when the time comes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberman wrote:
Shaker wrote:


I'll be trying the two-bottles-of-frozen-water-in-front-of-a-fan thing tomorrow, which I've never tried before but which is supposed to be a useful air conditioning tip.


Well.. I've never heard of that, but that idea is definitely going in my back pocket for trying out when the time comes.


Don't fill the bottle completely - about three-quarters full, to allow for expansion as the water freezes, otherwise it'll split.

Could be a complete load of old nads, of course, but I've seen it mentioned many times before and many times again due to the forecast. If it's going to be as hot as they reckon tomorrow, now seems like the time to give it a bash.

Of course, the heatwave warning doesn't apply to you. And isn't likely to  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't got a freezer but one of the reasons I picked this house was that the front and back door are in alignment so it's just a matter of opening both and getting air movement to keep the house cool. One of my previous homes was also south facing but there was no way of getting a through draught so the whole house would get unbearabley hot. In this one, if previous hot days are anything to go by, the north side stays pretty cool.

The good bit of really hot summers days are the warm evenings. Something really special about being in the garden in warm twilight.

But the best bit of all about really hot weather ..... Thunderstorms.

Other than that I hate the really hot weather but you have to try and look on the bright side. Also as  it's physicaly difficult to do anything much  you can do bugger all without having to feel guilty!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was frozen at work yesterday.  The air con was so cold I needed to wear a cardie.  People were coming in from outside moaning about how hot it was 'out there', and asking me if I was nesh?  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IvyOwl wrote:
The good bit of really hot summers days are the warm evenings. Something really special about being in the garden in warm twilight.

Absolutely! When it's pleasant to be outside again as the sun goes down.

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But the best bit of all about really hot weather ..... Thunderstorms.

Again, couldn't agree more! Looks like we'll be getting our wish over the weekend: according to the forecast from about 11:00pm tonight the heavy rain sets in with a venegeance, with thunderstorms predicted in various places across the weekend.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ketty wrote:
I was frozen at work yesterday.  The air con was so cold I needed to wear a cardie.  People were coming in from outside moaning about how hot it was 'out there', and asking me if I was nesh?  


I've been in places like that    I remember one scorching day years ago I had to visit my GP; the surgery is new, very modern and kitted out with state-of-the-art AC throughout. A red-faced, sweaty me went from the stifling heat in the waiting room into what felt like a meat locker. Bliss.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had bliss going the other way when I left work.  Mmmmmm, it's warm!

But then I had to have a cold shower* to cool off before I jumped into bed.  Hmm, 'jumped' is an exaggeration - it was more of a flop.









* I know, what can I say?  


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