Remember the day well - not least by having a wee hangover from the night before LOL! (impromptu works do..) all paid for btw, inc overnight hotel digs in B'ham, hasent to add which didn't happen all too often
Already felt incredibly hot in the morning, even by 8am it was not akin to a mid-Summers day, but during a mini-heatwave..dependent on your POV towards hot wx, better/worse? was yet to come.. my general feeling of yuk and de-hydration wasen't helped by the ever present blazing sun and whilst tuning into breakie TV, forecasts were generally pointing towards the mid/high 30C category..do believe Cheltenham/Pershore and some other Central parts also climbed into the silly temp bracket.
Heading into the a'noon, the heat felt more like the kind of temps only ever experienced previously, whilst abroad - it was indeed fierce and some quite menacing looking Cu also bubbled up throughout the day, although not really amounting to much.Rest as they say is history.
As for the next similar type scenario? of course very, very difficult to say - if i knew that i'd be festooned on my own private island, waited on hand and foot, not least with all the very latest wx gizmos and gadgets money can buy..blimey perhaps then i'll have more chance of getting nearer to that prediction! a hot/very hot-spell if not Summer cannot be far away, and even for the remainder of this year a more notable hot-spell imo is possible if not probable! parts of the mainland have had their fair share of heat, Balkan regions have had record heat for months upon end - all that's now required is a subtle switch in wx patterns and Bob may indeed be your Uncle?
We've been pretty close (this year in fact) to a southerly plume type set-up and when the likes of N Africa/ and Iberia generally had temps well into the 40C category...our Summer taster was of course prematurely ended by a rather dominant jet-stream, indeed not once but several times now.Eventually the main culprit shall decide to venture off to pastures new..i did say eventually didn't i
This post has been edited by Ed.: 10 August 2012 - 09:22