Hottest October temperature recorded in Comet country

PUBLISHED: 13:16 03 October 2011 | UPDATED: 17:28 03 October 2011

A reader makes the most of evening sun on Windmill Hill, in Hitchin. Picture by Robert Chapman.

A reader makes the most of evening sun on Windmill Hill, in Hitchin. Picture by Robert Chapman.

Archant

AT this time of year, most people would normally be digging out their woolly knits and brollies. But instead, it was sunglasses and shorts that were being donned as Comet country saw its hottest October temperature ever recorded.

The mercury hit 29 degrees Celsius in North Herts on the first day of the month, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the area in October.

It was noted by Royston met observer Richard Barker, who has been keeping records for nearly 40 years.

Mr Barker said that it had also been one of the hottest Septembers he had seen, with the last week the warmest he had ever recorded. That temperature was 28.7 degrees Celsius, set on the last day of the month.

He told The Comet: “It’s quite remarkable really - you would normally expect it to be about 18 degrees at this time of year, so it’s about 10 degrees warmer than it should be.

“It’s completely unprecedented, it wasn’t expected.”

According to Mr Barker, September was an incredibly dry month - just 30 per cent of what would be normal rainfall fell locally.

“We had a very dry spring, which meant we couldn’t recover in the summer which was also below average, and now we’ve had a very dry September too,” he added.

Those who are hoping the hot weather will last, however, will be disappointed.

“I think it for the remainder of the week, it will cool down,” said Mr Barker.

“We could be looking at a more normal temperature by the end of the week, as it will probably get colder gradually.”

Pictures thanks to Robert Chapman: http://robertchapmanswildlifephotography.blogspot.com/

0 comments

More news stories

Do you agree that we don’t spend enough time talking about death? Well you might do worse than head along to Stevenage’s first Death Cafe event on Monday.

Five teams of pupils from junior schools in the Stevenage area became university lecturers for the day when they took part in the annual Rotary Stevenage Speaks competition.

Yesterday, 19:18

A Biggleswade man has become the first person in Bedfordshire to be convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour after his ex-partner was subjected to ‘appalling’ attempts to take away her freedom by watching her every move.

Yesterday, 18:42

A Stevenage man who has previously been jailed is wanted by police for allegedly breaching the conditions of his parole.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter