“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.” Natalie Babbitt
And so it nearly was until the tail end of hurricane Bertha shifted the high and dry to the lowest of Augusts.
It’s been rather cool , with temperatures 1.3C below average and consecutive low pressure systems on west, north-westerly winds. As a result, there have been deluges near the beginning and end of the month, interspersed with unsettled weather much of the time
Now another ex-hurricane is on its way but ‘Cristobal’ is forecast to follow a northward course, pulling warmer, drier weather up from the continent and making a late summer come-back for September. After all, Autumn does not officially begin until the equinox on the 23rd.