Forget all the hopes of a BBQ or Indian summer, we have been told it will be a," Brolly and sunblock summer" which roughly translated means, no one really knows so carry both in your handbag just in case.
Positive Weather Solutions have predicted
June -flash floods
July - South and east mixture of cloud and rain and sun. temperature average. Scotland-rain
August- The best month for sun with temperatures slightly about 30c.
Yes just in time for children in Scotland returning to school.
It's probably the first thing we think of as we wake and open the curtains. If the sun is shinning and a bright sunny day is forecast it immediately puts us in a happy mood, we may even hum a tune as we set about making breakfast knowing that the children can play outside and the washing can dry on the line. The dog's walk will be so much more enjoyable in the sun.
Open the curtains and if it is cold, wet and windy, we know what lies ahead for us. Unhappy children, fighting over toys, wet washing that will have to be dried indoors and walking in the rain with a wet soggy dog.
During April when we were basking in sunshine I was waiting for a bus and listening to a conversation between two wee Glasgow women it went like this,
Woman 1, "Oh Ah canny be dain wi this heat"
Woman 2, "Aye Jean it's affie warm int it?"
Woman 1 " We're no used to it Mary"
Woman 2 "Ah canny wait fur this bus tae come so ah can get oot this heat and back hame fur a cup o'tea an then that's me in fur the day I'm no goin oot again in this heat"
Woman 1, "Aye me tae. I'm fair swelterin, I'm jist dyin tae get ma coat aff"
The bus came and off they went both with trousers, woollen jumpers and coats on, away to get their tea.
Maybe we look back at our youth through rose tinted glasses but I can remember school holidays in the sixties during July and half of August playing outside from morning until late at night. There was no children's television during the day, we had no computers or video games to pass our time with so outdoor play was a must. The tar on the pavement would melt and we would stick lollipop sticks into it, when was the last time you saw that happening?
When my children were young during the eighties and early nineties we took our holidays in either Scotland or England usually in caravans and I don't remember the weather being so bad, yes we maybe had a few showers during our holiday but nothing more that that.
Search for heatwaves in the UK on the internet and you won't find many except for the summer of 1976 when we had about twenty four days of scorching heat and hosepipe bans across the country.
This year, well we had some good days in March and about a week in April. At home we started to get the garden ready to relax in during the real summer we thought was yet to come.We replaced fencing which had been blown down in the winter storms,we cut grass,weeded, bought a garden swing and paddling pool for my granddaughter, started to paint our new fence and then, it rained and rained and it hasn't stopped raining. We had to abort the fence painting, put away the paddling pool and when the rain finally stops, the weeds will be about two feet high.
British people have a good sense of humour especially about our weather. That's what makes it the topic of conversation and the icebreaker with strangers, the fact we know how to laugh about it. Don't get me wrong we love to complain, in fact if there were someone in charge of good weather, a government minister or such like I have no doubt he would be bombarded with e mails telling him," The joke's over, get the rain switched off and give us some sunshine." In all fairness he would have lost his job by now.
It can be frustrating having no one to complain to or plead with. American novelist Charles Dudley Warner (friend of Mark Twain) was quoted as saying "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,"
"Well we would if we could but we can't "as my mum was quoted saying.
Today as I finish off this post the sun is shinning and there's a warmth in the air, by tonight it could be snowing,who knows? We can sometimes have all four seasons in the one morning or afternoon.
What we can be grateful for is that our weather is not as extreme as in some parts of the world. We don't have tsunamis or earthquakes, and we never experience real drought.
My friend's husband works overseas as a relief worker, mainly in Pakistan. One day during the winter when he had just returned I went to visit her. It had been raining for days and I remarked to him in my usual fashion how I was fed up with the rain. He said he had just came from an area in Pakistan where they hadn't had any rain for months and the situation was getting serious, the people who lived there were praying for rain. A few months later that region received so much rain that the very people who were praying for it lost their homes and some their lives. As I said lets be thankful we don't have such extreme weather conditions.
I'd still like to see more of this
Now to put a smile on your face, from the 60's Morecambe and Wise singing, Bring Me Sunshine. I guarantee you'll be singing it all day.
Let's talk weather.When was the best summer you can remember?