Summer may be over but others have real troubles
ONE of the joys of autumn is its golden, over-ripe moons. We had this year’s Harvest Moon – the one nearest the equinox – on Thursday evening, and it was a truly spectacular sight, though a symbol that summer is now over. So spectacular, in the south especially, under clear skies, that it momentarily wiped away the memory of what a grey, damp mush it has been of late. Monthly figures showed that it was September in the rain for most of us, with 30 per cent more inches of rainfall countrywide than the year-on-year average.
But, if we look further afield, there are certainly worse fates than our current troubles. In the Caribbean, central America and the southern United States, they are running through the alphabet of names for hurricanes at a dizzying rate. This week it is the turn of Tropical Storm Nate, predicted to be upgraded to hurricane status, but already causing loss of life in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Here, after a cloudy, rainy but mild Saturday, things are looking up for today. Everywhere should start bright, with sunshine lasting longest in the east, and the chill that has been around losing its edge. Temperatures are fairly decent for the season – 63°F (17°C) in London, 59°F (15°C) in Birmingham and 57°F (14°C) in Edinburgh.
As the working week gets going, we are likely to have a north-south divide. For Scotland and Northern Ireland that will mean plenty of rain tomorrow and blustery conditions. Down south, high pressure is largely away over the Continent, so its benign influence is relatively weak. That means not quite so much rain and slightly warmer conditions, but still, by Tuesday, the chance of heavy downpours.
Leaves are starting to fall in a tunnel of trees in Halnaker, West Sussex