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cale leaf
827456.  Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:00 am Reply with quote

not sure if this is in the right place, but anyway-

why are british heatwaves 3-5 days long, followed by a thunderstorm? or is it in the mind?

827477.  Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:24 am Reply with quote

I don't think it's usually like that, but this particular heatwave had thunderstorms written all over it because the air was so heavy for the last couple of days I was finding it a little difficult to breathe, it must have been quite a pressure front, and that leads to storms.

827503.  Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:17 am Reply with quote

It is oft claimed that the British summer consists of two fine days and a thunderstorm; the saying is sometimes attributed to King George II.

The meteorologist Philip Eden believes that the saying is more or less right. He cannot give a full explanation, but he has a partial explanation which has to do with cold fronts and the European Monsoon.

It differs depending on where in the country you are, but February and July are on average the two driest months of the year in London. August is the warmest, but also one of the wettest.


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