WEATHERWATCH

Countryfile Magazine - - Contents - with John Ham­mond

John Ham­mond on the woe­fully over­looked charms of Novem­ber.

Let’s face it. Novem­ber wouldn’t rank all that highly in the na­tion’s ‘Favourite Month’

com­pe­ti­tion. But I love it! There’s some­thing re­as­sur­ingly cosy about the dark evenings – a hum­bling, primeval re­minder that de­spite the world’s so­phis­ti­cated ad­vances, the an­nual ce­les­tial cy­cle never wa­vers. OK, the weather can get a lit­tle ‘stuck’ at this time of year; and with in­suf­fi­cient strength in the sun to shift it, fog can last for days. It’s

hard to find much ex­cite­ment when it seems never to get fully light in those brief

hours be­tween dawn and dusk. How­ever, we are prone to clichés when it comes to Novem­ber weather. The re­al­ity is less for­mu­laic, more fickle, as au­tumn

tran­si­tions un­steadily to­wards win­ter. The ground is quickly cool­ing but our seas are still rel­a­tively warm. So de­spite be­ing

closer to mid-win­ter, overnight frosts are ac­tu­ally rarer than in March, and Arc­tic vis­i­ta­tions to our shores are un­likely

to bring wide­spread snow­fall. In fact, some Novem­ber days can be warmer than those of July. In ex­cep­tional years, 20°C has been achieved. With the low sun glis­ten­ing through the leaves onto the vil­lage green, Guy Fawkes looks a lit­tle over­dressed as he sits upon the read­ied pyre. By 3pm he needs his coat, though; the chill re­turn­ing as the sun heads for the hori­zon and mist forms over dewy grass. So yes, Novem­ber brings few fire­works me­te­o­ro­log­i­cally, but the calm­ness be­lies an­tic­i­pa­tion – the drama of a Bri­tish win­ter.

Watch weath­er­man John Ham­mond on BBC News and Coun­try­file.

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