Did I mention it was hot?

The UK heatwave continues. It’s been about six weeks since we had any significant rain and there’s not much forecast for the next two weeks either. Everywhere is so dry and dusty, the grass is like hay, and even leaves on trees and bushes are starting to look desiccated.

But more worrying than the aesthetics, is the danger that this constant heat poses to our natural world, both flora and fauna. In the past few days fire crews have been called to our village on at least four occasions to attend fires caused by the weather. Twice to the hill where grassland, gorse and scrubland was alight over an extensive area and today to a grass fire on the railway embankment and a car fire on the motorway that spread to an adjoining field.

The hill fires were in close proximity to a peregrine falcon nest site, thankfully they survived the blaze, but other wildlife may not have been as fortunate. Today’s fires affected power lines and there was a loss of electricity to our village and the surrounding area. In addition all train services on that line were stopped and motorway traffic was disrupted while these fires were being extinguished.

I was speaking to some older neighbours earlier and they said that they had never experienced anything like this before. Not even in the summer of ’76, which by all accounts was a scorcher.

Take care in this heat x

Comments

17 comments on “Did I mention it was hot?”
  1. kertsen says:

    I remember the summer of 1976 , I was working as a warehouseman for Marks and Spencer and some of the fridges were feeling the strain.
    The engineers were working round the clock to keep them going ; how dependant we all are on a consistent climate. My wife was exhausted as she was lookin after two young children while heavily pregnant with a third.
    Civilisation is very fragile and our technical advances have made things worse not better , now we are totally reliant on electricity , without which communication breaks down.

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    1. Karen says:

      We are very reliant on all things technological!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. My stepchildren who live in Cape Town are over here at the moment and theyโ€™re wilting in the heat. Itโ€™s quite oppressive for them in London. Katie x

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    1. Karen says:

      Wow, I would have thought Cape Town has higher temperatures.

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      1. Absolutely it is, but as Iโ€™m beginning to discover, they spend their days in their bedrooms with the fans on looking at their phones. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

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  3. Alys says:

    Currently in New York which is most definitely feeling the heat too! Returning to the UK soon, can’t believe it’s been so hot there!

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    1. Karen says:

      Yesterday was a little cooler, hope you enjoyed your time in NY.

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  4. Cherilyn says:

    Wildfires during heatwaves are getting to be pretty common every year here in the U.S. All you can really do is stay vigilant and if they tell you to evacuate, do it; and don’t leave any pets behind. Keep cool as best you can and a tip for power outages…freeze containers of water beforehand; a large container can keep a refrigerator or freezer cool for a while.

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    1. Karen says:

      Great advice! Thankfully yesterday was drama free!

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  5. Just_Me :) says:

    Well, itโ€™s 10:30PM here now and itโ€™s 41ยฐC… at daytime we experience 47-49ยฐC… itโ€™s scorchingly hot!๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜…

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    1. Karen says:

      Oh my goodness I couldn’t cope with that, 30 is seriously too hot for me! Where are you?

      Like

      1. Just_Me :) says:

        Iโ€™m in Kuwait! ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh, and add the sandstorms, too! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      2. Karen says:

        I’m sure there are some benefits though!

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      3. Just_Me :) says:

        Solar power!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      4. Karen says:

        Nice one! ๐Ÿ˜€

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