UK weather challenges

Wed, Sep 7, 2011

Climate Change, UK Climate Change

After the coldest summer since 1993 , it looks like September weather is going to prove challenging for many late flowering plants in the garden.

Parts of the UK are to be hit by gusts of more than 65mph, while persistent rain will sweep down over the country for most of the month. Britain will also be at risk of tornadoes – especially in the southern parts of the Midlands and down towards the south, known to forecasters as ‘tornado alley’.

Looks like things are not going to get any better for the rest of 2011 according to Positive Weather Solutions ‘—Long-Range-Forecast.php

September temperatures are looking promising however –  in the low 20s this weekend which hopefully means some of the lovely sunflowers still blooming might survive for a few more weeks. I took the above photo of this sunflower brightening up the streets of Blomsbury in London on Monday 5th September. The one below was taken yesterday on 6th September as London was hit by monsoon rainfall. The idea was to illustrate  the challenges of our unpredictable UK weather patterns and how these affect our plants – and increasingly our everyday lives with flooding becoming more common in the UK.

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