Get out the boots and rain coats. There's a heatwave coming

@p1kef1sh (45640)
March 23, 2010 6:04am CST
Last year the British Meteorological Office (Met O) forecast a "Barbecue Summer" of endless long days of warm sun and high (for us) temperatures. Unfortunately we had rain and not a lot of sun. The Met O took a lot of criticism and ducked below the parapet. I was a little surprised to wake this morning (to rain) to discover that they are again advertising a "Barbecue Summer". I suppose that if they say it often enough it may come true one day. But I'm not holding my breath. Are you looking forward to summer?
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I have NEVER liked winter...even as a child!!! As I get older, I like it even LESS!!! I'm at the age where EVERY ache, pain or whatever hurts MORE when it's damp or cold outside. I am looking SOOOOO forward to summer!!! It was 78 degrees on Saturday, 58 & raining on Sunday, & yesterday it was only 48 & raining. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny & back around 75. That is normal for the beginning of Spring here & I'm praying that this means that we will be having a GREAT Spring & a nice hot Summer!!! Of course by the middle to end of summer you may hear me whining as to how HOT it is here; but, for now, I'm most definitely looking forward to it!!!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
Georgia on my mind LadyM! LOL.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
23 Mar 10
'Tis a LOVELY place to live unless you can't deal with hot,humid weather. Very LITTLE rain, almost NO snow...except once every 10-20 years. What we call a cold day is 30 degrees!!!
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Last I heard, we are supposed to have a cooler and wetter summer than normal. Normal here is 100 degrees, and dry. I like the long-range forecasts when they predict something I'd like...but I don't hold a lot of faith in them. They tend to be wrong more than they're correct. As weather prediction becomes more sophisticated, I personally think it's becoming less accurate. Not a lot of faith is held for what's predicted for the end of the week, let alone later in the year. The Old Farmers' Almanac is better.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
When I was young lots of folk swore by the various almanacs. Maybe I'd better go and buy one.
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@derek_a (10902)
24 Mar 10
- Well they can never get things right here can they? I am learning my lessons and will have no expectations for this summer at all. After the freezing winter we have had, I think we deserve a barbecue summer. But perhaps we will be all out in the gardens with boots and raincoats, trying to light our barbies!! _Derek
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Mar 10
I have a friend who cooks outdoors whenever he can and regularly does the Christmas turkey on his BBQ. Mad fool! LOL.
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@derek_a (10902)
25 Mar 10
Wow! What a weird way to spend Christmas Day! At Xmas time here in the UK it is usually quite cold, if not very damp! _Derek
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Mar 10
I am sooooo looking forward to supper..swimming,walking,bike riding. We have been having some pretty weather just perfect for it. But this week has started out to be a geyser. We will be getting rain most the week so says the 7 day forecast. Well, no matter what they say it is always best to be prepared and have what you need just in case, even when they are predicting a "barbecue summer."
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Mar 10
Over here it usually pays to have a raincoat or umbrella Becky!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
5 Aug 10
I must have had "supper" on the brain that day instead of "summer"..lol..Yeah it is always best to be prepared for anything and everything.
@nannacroc (4049)
23 Mar 10
Yes if it's a proper English summer, nice and cool but not too much rain. Did you know that the experts have said we have had the warmest winter here for years this year. Did I miss the warm bits?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
I think that you must have missed them Nanna. Maybe they happened whilst you were in bed.
@nannacroc (4049)
24 Mar 10
Maybe that is why it was the only time I was warm.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Mar 10
the last times we had El Nino years, we had pretty damp summers, that would be good because it also keeps the temp down to under 100ºs - works for me!!! AND, the good news is that Lake Travis is currently only about 4 inches from full, and last year it was down 9 FEET (like 3 meters) so that is also GREAT news for us - not nearly so many unexpected islands in the lake!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
I couldn't live where you do. Far too hot for me. 75 degrees is hot enough!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Ya learn to adjust - after all, that's why God made air conditioning!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Mar 10
I like spring. Summer is too hot here. The kids will love it though, especially if they get to go swimming!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThICw8ChfiU&feature=related
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Mar 10
:-) Kids will like...
@BarBaraPrz (20514)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Mar 10
I am definitely looking forward to summer. It's raining here, too. Must be an awfully big cloud.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
It's not passed over yet either!
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@BarBaraPrz (20514)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Mar 10
Well, that's the thing with big clouds... they go on forever.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Maybe they get kick backs from bbq grills? I am looking forward to summer but don't like it too hot. I am looking forward more to spring. I love the spring time!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
I'm a warm but not too hot type of guy. 75 is plenty hot enough for me. Good job that I live in the UK. 75 is a fantasy - 65 is far more usual.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
23 Mar 10
75 is perfect to me!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 10
I most certainly am looking forward to the Summer I love the Summer I can take Gissi out longer as we don't get cold and the great thing is this year I will be able to sit out once in a while as there is a communal Yard out the back so I am looking forward to sitting out there for a bit with Gissi xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
I love to sit out Gabs. In between the rain storms.... LOL. XXXX
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 10
Lol oh no Rainstorms I hide xxx
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Oct 10
Well, now that the summer is past, I am definitely able to say that we had a very hot summer without having a lot of rain. It was actually quite difficult to get through because there were many days when the heat was oppresive enough to keep us in the house all day except for the time that we spent at the swimming pool. Now that fall has arrived, I'm looking forward to the cooler days, but right now we are in the midst of Indian Summer.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Oct 10
Our summers always seem to have a last gasp in October. Right now we are enjoying sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. Warm fir us.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
25 Mar 10
Heck if our weather man gets it right one day out of the week we are pleased. I think weather forcasting is more on the luck side with them, they forcast and hope they luck out to what they said. Last summer was not a normal one for us, we had temps in the 50's in July. None of our tomato plants did anything because the weather was so cold. Am I looking forward to this summer, well don't really have a choice in the matter it is coming, I just hope it isn't a scorcher like some have been. Last year was really nice, so hoping that it is somewhat like last summer not to hot all the time.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Mar 10
I haven't grown a decent tomato in years. One year I had over 200 plants and blight caused by poor weather took almost all of them. I've tried hanging baskets and smaller toms - but it's very hit and miss. Let's just hope that we can get some sun over here although by the sound of it you might like a little less.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Hey pikey! I sure am looking forward to Summer! Hell, I'm just looking forward to Spring! Anything would be better than the miserable Winter we just go through! But, so far we had a few Springlike days, but I'm afraid they are only "teases"! But, according to the calendar Spring has sprung and Winter has gone! So, sooner or later it has got to be Summer and rain or not we will have some of those wonderful "Barbeque Days" and I am definitely looking forward to them this year! We didn't get to do any grilling here last year so I'm hoping that me and my friends will make up for it this year!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Mar 10
Here's to your grilling Opal. I wish that I could pop over for a sausage!
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
24 Mar 10
It's actually very hot over here in the Tropical countries. They said it might not rain for months but just last week, we had rain for 2 days. Forecasts aren't exactly that accurate. Weather still is unpredictable, true to its reputation.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Mar 10
Weather can be very unpredictable. That is very true.
@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
24 Mar 10
The Met Office took a lot of flak last year for their prediction. This year, the prediction doesn't come from the Met Office but from a rival concern. The actual statement is here: http://www.positiveweathersolutions.co.uk/UK-Long-Range.php Reading through it, it really doesn't look anything other than a fairly typical British summer (with, perhaps, generally higher temperatures). I well recall one barbecue when we thought the evening looked perfect. It was warm and dry without a cloud in the sky and we made all the preparations, lit the barbecue and were just about to put the food on it when there was a huge clap of thunder and it began to rain. Barbecuing in Wellington boots whilst sheltered by two quickly found umbrellas from which the hailstones were bouncing is an experience not to be forgotten but, hey, that's what the British Spirit is all about!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Mar 10
I took the quote from Yahoo. In truth I made an assumption about it being the Met O, but surely no weather forecaster would predict a "Barbecue Summer" from this range. The site that you refer to doesn't mention the term either - maybe they've been scared off! I agree though. A summary might be: "Warmer, humid at times, rain interspersed with sunny showers heavy at times!"
@jwfarrimond (4474)
23 Mar 10
They also predicted that last winter would be mild and look how that turned out. As for the prospects of a hot summer, hotter than '76 even, (I remember it well. ) I'll believe it when I see it!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
I remember 76 too. I was 18 and the world was my oyster.
@dragon54u (31631)
• United States
23 Mar 10
No, summer is my least favorite season. I like it for the growing season but it's very uncomfortable for me, I don't like excessive heat. Last year was one of the coolest summers on record here and it was wonderful! I'm hoping for a similar season this year.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
Excessive is not a term that I'd use for the average British summer - apart from it being excessively damp! Hope that your summer is how you like it.
23 Mar 10
LOL I guess I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst this year. Last year was a dreadful summer, let's keep our fingers crossed that this year will be better.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
Everything that I can cross is crossed. I've even got the heat on tonight!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
23 Mar 10
i havent actually heard any forcasts for our canadian summer. i hope it will be like last year, warmish with cool days and a few hotter days thrown in the mix but no heatwaves that last for a week at a time! (cooler weather is way better for my asthma which seems to be outta control this year for some reason.)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
Sorry to hear about your Asthma. I have it too but haven't had symptoms for about five years now (fingers crossed). But hot dusty days used to set it off.
23 Mar 10
Hi p1key, I have forgotten what summer is, lol, we only get about two weeks of it, today feels like we are still in winter, I have my heating on, it is very dull, I think we are going to get the rain that you had earlier, the met often gets it wrong, remember Michael Fish and The Great Storm of October "87" I think, or was it "97"? hugs. Tamara
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Mar 10
It was 87 Tamara. Poor Michael. He never lived that down.