The Great British Weather Moan thread

  • 62 degrees here in Alicante, spent an hour on the beach. And thats exactly why we fucked off to Spain.


    We got sick of being cold 8 months a year AND having to pay through the nose to stay warm. We got sick of surviellance state UK. The UK is turning into a nazi police state. Theres 4 million CCTV and ANPR in UK, more than communist China. Everything you do on the internet is recorded and stored for 2 years by the ISP, unless you use a VPN. The Regulatory of Investigatory pwoers Act 2004 gave 183 different type of bureocrat the right to enter your house without your permission, or conduct surviellance on you. The Civil Contingencies Act 2005

  • Looks like a beefy shower is heading your way now. Rather chilly down here with sunny periods. Showers haven't reached us, yet.

    It "beefed" out before it got to me, bar a few drips.:)

    62 degrees here in Alicante, spent an hour on the beach. And thats exactly why we fucked off to Spain.


    We got sick of being cold 8 months a year AND having to pay through the nose to stay warm

    Lucky sod.:)


    Up until about five years ago, the area I live in had ten years of stable warm weather and it was shorts and t-shirts from February to November. Then came a few bad winters and its been unsettled ever since then.


    I cannot remember a time when April has been this cold.

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  • Lovely sunny start to the day this morning in London and looking at the temperatures for next week, it looks like summer is on the way! By next weekend, the temperatures will get to 21/22C into the 70s.:)

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  • Just being realistic it's the UK after all said and done, they do say if you dont like the weather in the UK you only have to wait half hour or say, for it to change to somthing totally different. :D

    Young boys in the park jumpers for goalpost that's what footballs all about isn't it.

  • We had a light frost this morning. Sunny though.

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  • We had a light frost this morning

    Bloody hell. Hope I don't that. I'm planning to get my summer plants out of the greenhouse soon.

    Just being realistic it's the UK after all said and done, they do say if you dont like the weather in the UK you only have to wait half hour or say, for it to change to somthing totally different. :D

    Which is exactly what I had yesterday. It changed every bloody half hour or so. Today is much better.:)


    You cant buy Antifreeze or demister on the Costa Blanca............

    :)

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  • You dont get much rain here in the Costas. Basically the only two months its ev erlikely to rain is November and April, apparantly. But when it does rain, holy shit.


    Because it hardly ever rains, the Spanish never saw the need to build gutters and drains on paths and roads. Because climate change is now making it rain more often here, they are utterly unprepared for it, because when it DOES rain, its a sub tropical downpour. Weve seen two real downpours here so far, Ive never seen anythign like it in the UK. Its literally like having the Fire Brigade hose your house down witht the 100 PSI hose. The streets flood, and i mean FLOOD. Knee deep in 20 mins flooding.


    The spaniards have been forced to dig big drainage channels at the sides of main roads retrospectively, draining all the water into usually dry river channels. or the few lakes there is kicking round. The Uk has had roadside drainage ditches for centuries.


    Heres a perfect example of the sorts of roadside drains they 've had to add:



    This one drains int o a local lake.

  • The thing I used to remember going to Spain was the smell of their sewers they had, because they never had the water to flush them.<X


    Decades into the future, the Spanish climate will ultimately become something like what we see in Africa now, so it's probably the best time to be there now while it's still bearable.

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  • The thing I used to remember going to Spain was the smell of their sewers they had, because they never had the water to flush them.<X


    Decades into the future, the Spanish climate will ultimately become something like what we see in Africa now, so it's probably the best time to be there now while it's still bearable.

    Yes, thats one downside, sewers are a problem, you have to remember to flush the toilet twice a day. Also, domestic sewage pipes tend only to be FOUR inches, so you have to be careful not to flush anything down that might clog them up. Laxatives are a must.....


    The other downside are the insects. They grow to massive dimensions, the cockroachs are two inches long here, you have to have your house sprayed and dotted every spring to keep them at bay. Its worse, apparantly in the newer posher houses, because they save money on the sewerage piping by running it under the houses instead of down the road, so its easier for the roaches to get in. Also many new houses have a sewage access port in the house rather than outside like the older houses.

  • Yes, I remember the insects including the cockroaches. To see massive lines of gigantic ants marching alongside the roads, is a dream to a little kid.:)


    As for the weather today in London, sunny and warm. Not that I will see any of it, but at least its nice to look at.

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  • We've had sea mist / low cloud most of the day. Just beginning to lift and the sun's poking through. Not to warm at the moment but the forecast for the Easter long weekend is for sunshine and 20 odd degrees.

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  • 3/10 cloud and a light breeze here in alicante. Heavy flak around the Rhur Valley, and beware of the night fighters operating over Essen and Dortmund. 8 Group will drop target illuminators at t-5 and a red target indicators at t-1, to allow streams to bomb from N and SW.

  • Hot in London today, at least 23C and sunny.

    There was a STORM here last night !FFS! the winds have ripped the satellite dish off the roof, doing some damage to the brickwork, cracking a roof tile and lifting a ridge tile. And it absolutely torrented with rain, ive neve rseen rain like it.

  • Beautiful here on the coast. Light winds, sunny and 24C. Can't believe a bank holiday weekend is going to be so good. We'll pay somehow.


    Going to crank the barbecue up tomorrow afternoon. Cold beer and hot burgers.:)

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  • Beautiful here on the coast. Light winds, sunny and 24C. Can't believe a bank holiday weekend is going to be so good. We'll pay somehow.


    Going to crank the barbecue up tomorrow afternoon. Cold beer and hot burgers.:)

    We get 325 days of sun here, just my luck 4 of the other 40 days when it rains turn out to be a bloody violent storm, starting on a 4 day bank holiday. Grrrr.

  • There was a STORM here last night !FFS! the winds have ripped the satellite dish off the roof, doing some damage to the brickwork, cracking a roof tile and lifting a ridge tile. And it absolutely torrented with rain, ive neve rseen rain like it.

    Sorry to hear about that. Is the dish salvageable?


    I remember on my family trips to Spain and the Spanish islands as a kid, they can get some mean storms. Saw a incredible one over Benidorm Bay once that was both terrifying and thrilling all at the same time.

    Beautiful here on the coast. Light winds, sunny and 24C. Can't believe a bank holiday weekend is going to be so good. We'll pay somehow.


    Going to crank the barbecue up tomorrow afternoon. Cold beer and hot burgers.:)

    Enjoy!:)


    Another even hotter day in London today, but the rain and cooler weather returns on Wednesday.

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  • Just got into wearing my short shorts and now it's turned colder and there's a lot of wet heading this way now.:(

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  • Just got into wearing my short shorts and now it's turned colder and there's a lot of wet heading this way now.:(

    Yes, we took our sun back after the worst storm in Valencia for 75 years. 12 inches of rain in 6 hours, 90mph wind. Many buildingsa took damage fro mwind and water penetration. These houses are not designed to stand up to torrential tropical rains combined with 90mph winds.


    I calculated approx 1,000 million gallons of water fell on us in this town. But the sun has now returned for the foresseable future, the weather here is much more predictable, because unlike the UK, we are in the centre of a Ferrell Cell, not the boundary of two cells, which is what makes UK weather so unpredictable.


    i looked on Ventusky, there payola coming your way for nicking our sun for 4 days :P :D


    this was near us, but we were not flooded :

  • Glad you weren't flooded, that pic looks terrible.


    As for London, up until today the weather has been pretty decent, but its been cooler today thanks to almost gale force winds we've been having all day. Hopefully they'll blow away soon, as it really has got quite cold.

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  • yes, theres a loop of the jetstream plonked right on the top of you, sucking cold air off the artic. The bottom of the loop is blowing west to east, then it doubles back east to west further north. The air between the two is cold artic air.


  • I've had the heating on for a few hours. It's nearly May..

    Precisely what i got sick of. Having to keep the Central Heating on until june, then having to turn it back on in September, and paying £140 a month for the privelege.


    We now pay £40-50 a month for electric, and over the winter we bought five gas bottles at about £15 each for heating.


    The elctric stays same in summer, cos we run an air conditioner on the hottest nights which uses 1 Kw. It still a bloody sight cheaper than the UK.

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