Weatherwatch: weather gods confounded sceptics in summer 2013
Spring 2013 was one of the coolest and latest on record – March was even colder than during the Big Freeze of 1963 – so few people were expecting a decent summer. Yet for three weeks in July 2013 the weather gods confounded the sceptics, confirming the long-held belief that predicting summer weather from events earlier in the year is a mug’s game – rather like this year.
June 2013 saw temperatures returning more or less to normal, and on the last day of that month the mercury rose above 27C at Heathrow airport: a hint of things to come. A few days later, on 3 July, an area of high pressure... read more
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