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Prepare For The Mucky Rain UK

Although I have lived in Spain for the last 13 years I am British, and all my family are in the UK, so it´s only natural that we discuss the weather here and there often. I sometimes wonder if there is anywhere in the world where weather is not a popular topic of conversation?

Temperatures have been soaring over in Britian since the weekend, and a level 2 weather warning has been issued for today with expected highs in the region of 34C 94F range in some places. I don´t envy those in the UK one bit, even though we regularly get those temperatures here in Spain during summer and sometimes in the spring and autumn too, but it´s true what they say about the dry heat here being easier to cope with as opposed to the horrible humid sticky heat that´s the norm over in England, and I have acclimatised a lot over the years.

As usual the UK will have vicious thunderstorms to break this heat wave and as this high pressure front is going over from North Africa they can expect a mucky mess to clear up when the rain stops. We often get sand laden rain from North Africa too, and if white painted surfaces outside are not cleaned off before the rain has time to dry, it actually stains white paintwork brown.

A few years ago I wasn´t quick enough slooshing all the mucky water off the paving stones around the top of my pool and the sun dried it all to mud. This was easy enough to remove, but the staining wasn´t and even undiluted bleach didn´t bring the paintwork up to pristine white again and I had to repaint everything.

Are you living in the UK? If so, are you relishing the heat or gasping for fresh cooler air and wishing it would rain?

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Paulie wrote on July 1, 2015, 4:29 AM

Out of curiosity, how many days of high temperatures above 30 degrees does the U.K. get every day? With the exception of a week or two in January, every day in Thailand has a high temperature of at least 30 degrees.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 1, 2015, 4:46 AM

All I can tell you is, not a lot, but when a heat wave does find its way over there it is unbearable., and people just aren´t aclimatised.

rescuegal wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:30 AM

I'm living in the state of Kentucky and we have been having a lot of rain for this time of year. This is a humid climate. I'm from California and it can get up to 115 F in parts and much higher in Death Valley where nobody lives during the summer. The humid heat feels cooler to me. When it gets up to 110F, the sun is so intense you feel like you're frying. The pavement reflects the heat up and you're getting it from top and bottom.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 1, 2015, 10:02 AM

I am glad we do not have to deal with sand when we get rain. That would make things a lot worse

CoralLevang wrote on July 1, 2015, 12:40 PM

Here in WA state, USA, we have had unseasonably hot weather, no rain, and because our winter was so mild, we have a problem with water levels, as there was little snowpack on the mountains. Causing some issues with our ecosystem.

I prefer my summers of 75F/24C. This 90F/32C is for those drunk birds of yours!

CoralLevang wrote on July 1, 2015, 12:42 PM

I do not miss those days of Cali. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I remember starting school in September in about 1968 and my first day of school, it was 103F/39+C

suzzy3 wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:54 PM

Gasping in the UK at the moment. Our house is painted Magnolia so I am grateful for the heads up on the staining issues. We have had heavy showers in between the heat. No thunderstorms in our part of Kent yet but they are expected tonight and over the next few days. We are sweating buckets here at the moment.

suzzy3 wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:57 PM

In the UK we get about a week of high temperatures of 30 or over. This week is normally spread throughout the entire summer. When these temperatures arrive it is awful as we not used to them. The heat builds up over a couple of days .

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 3, 2015, 3:33 PM

It leaves cars covered in what looks like mud and it´s really hard to get off when the sun has baked it.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 3, 2015, 3:35 PM

Water levels are really low here too, due to 2 years of much less rainfall. When it does come it´s either so fine it doesn´t even wet anything, or is torrential.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 3, 2015, 3:36 PM

Excessive heat in the UK is unbearable and I do feel for you. Hope it cools down soon and your house doesn´t get coated in mucky rain.

WordChazer wrote on July 3, 2015, 4:00 PM

Well, it's not as hot tonight as it has been. But my knees are whining that the rain is on the way so I'm a bit grouchy. I had a stiff shoulder yesterday which was just adding to the pains in my poor old bod. I don't cope well with humidity but oddly enough Southern California is not a problem, because there are enough airconditioned places for me to escape to and be comfortable. It'll all be gone in a few days and we'll be back to the usual mediocre British waste of space weather!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 4, 2015, 2:30 PM

My body is letting me down in the exact same places, though I haven´t noticed yet if the weather has anything to do with it. I´m told by visitors to my place in Spain, who live in sou Cal, that it´s very similar here both in climate and countryside. Make the best of it while you can.

WordChazer wrote on July 4, 2015, 9:08 PM

Well last night we had the thunderstorm from all hell - lightning like I've not seen in an age and about 15 miles away at that. A lightning strike in the next village (that I heard and felt strike ground) did for two semi-detached houses. I just hope my colleagues who live in the village were not affected.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 5, 2015, 2:52 AM

I heard from friends and family yesterday that they had bad storms on Friday night/early hours of Saturday morning. Wow, it must have been ferocious if you felt lightning come down in the next village, What happened to the 2 house´s? You are going to have to do a post on that so I can read it.

arthurchappell wrote on July 8, 2015, 7:31 AM

we have had rain and thunderstorms for a few days now in the UK though it is still quite warm

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 9, 2015, 3:04 AM

I have heard from family and friends the thunderstorms have been really bad at times. I´m very pleased you are still having warmth though emoticon :smile: