So today, the temperature is potentially going to break the all time record for July. The BBC are predicting a temperature of 35Â°C, with the possibility of it going higher locally. The weather forecasters are describing this as exceptional â€“ the average temperature for this week in July is usually 21Â°C to 23Â°C â€“ although it is worth bearing in mind that this is the third time this year that the temperature has exceeded 30Â°C, and the second time that the Met Office has issued a heat wave warning.
Of course, bearing in mind our usual temperature range, the UK is not overly well set up for this level of heat, hence why the heat wave warning always includes contact details for the NHS health advice line. We have air conditioning in the office, however typically we donâ€™t have the instructions for the hieroglyphics on the control panel â€“ good thing weâ€™ve got the Internet thoughâ€¦
At home, like most UK houses we donâ€™t have any air conditioning, so instead weâ€™re getting quite well practiced in where to put fans, which windows and curtains to open and close at which times and so on. Upstairs is usually rather too warm most of the time; however we can usually keep the living room cool enough that we keep the patio door closed as inside is cooler than outside. The other useful trick is to remember that modern houses especially have loads of insulation. In terms of the roof, this tends to be above the ceiling, of the top floor, rather than directly beneath the roof. This means that as the house warms up, all the heat gets trapped by the insulation in the loft, however opening the loft hatch releases that heat past the insulation, so is a great way to dissipate heat. However the loft itself also gets very hot when the sun is beating down on the roof, so equally we tend to keep the hatch closed during the day, so as not to try to add too much to the heat.
If your interest in the weather extends further, Iâ€™ve recently added a new plug-in to the today screen of my PDA â€“ SPB Weather. Although out of the box it retrieves its weather data from a site in Russia, the forums on their website include a template and instructions to enable the use of the local BBC weather forecasts from their website as the source of the data. Looking at the predictions for the next few days, the temperature is going to settle back down a bit, with some cloud and rain predicted. However it still not to the seasonal average, and looks like it may still be nudging 30Â°C.