Every month I post an update on how the weather has been, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar.
What’s the verdict on the weather this August? Well, as they mindlessly say on TV sports programmes, it was a month [game] of two halves.
The first half of August was nothing to write home about. A bit chilly, not much sunshine but not a lot of rain either. The second half was much hotter, included our hottest day of the year last week (39ºC on Thursday) and was distinguished by the mounting onslaught of our least welcome summer visitors – the wasps (see my previous post here).
Here are the details.
1. Weather assessment for August
A quick reminder of our subjective weather assessment: we assign each day a plus if it’s fine, a minus if it’s bad and a zero if it’s indifferent or we can’t decide. In August, there were:
Pluses – 20
Zeros – 7
Minuses – 4
The graph shows the percentage of plus days each August for the past 13 years (the line is the trend). August had been improving, but this one is back on the average. Seven Augusts were better and five worse than this one.
2. August rainfall
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. This August was significantly drier than the average over this period with 41.5mm (average 67.9mm). It rained on 7 days compared with the average of 8.4 days for August.
We can see that this summer has been drier even than last summer. The leaves are starting to turn and the trees are shedding them as they attempt to protect themselves against the drought. The soil has turned to dust in places. You can imagine how deserts start. However, there’s a long way to go before we get to the conditions of 2003, as shown in the photo below.
Despite the daytime heat, there’s a definite autumnal tinge to the weather. The mornings are already chilly – only 8ºC on Tuesday – and the evenings are noticeably starting to draw in again.
Finally a couple of dictons (sayings) about September:
‘S’il pleut à la Saint-Gilles, ça dure jusqu’à Saint-Michel’ (if it rains at St Giles – 1st September- it will continue until St Michael – 29th September).
And just a reminder that autumn is surely followed by winter:
‘En septembre sois prudent, achète bois et vêtements’ (be prudent in September, buy wood and clothes).
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