CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 78 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 1.6.2020

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CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 78 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 1st June 2020

In all there were 626 hours of bright sunshine in spring 2020 for the UK, exceeding the previous high of 555 hours set in 1948.

Spring 2020 also exceeded the sunshine amount for most summer seasons, with only three summers being sunnier (1976, 1995, and 1989).

The figure for England is even higher – spring 2020 recorded 696 hours of sunshine, exceeding the previous record set of 594.3 hours.

All UK countries have recorded their sunniest spring on record in series stretching back to 1929.

It has also been the eighth warmest spring on record for the UK, with both England and Wales having their fifth warmest spring and also the fifth driest spring for the UK overall.

However some counties in north east England and eastern Scotland have recorded their driest spring in a rainfall series from 1862.

Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre. He said: “The most remarkable aspect is just how much some of the May and Spring records for these climate statistics have been exceeded.

“Exceeding the UK sunshine record is one thing, but exceeding by over 70 hours is truly exceptional.

“The sunshine figures for spring would even be extremely unusual for summer and only three summers would beat Spring 2020 for sunshine hours.

“The principal reason for the dry and sunny weather is the extended period of high pressure which has been centred over or close to the UK.

“This has suppressed the development of clouds and rainfall over the UK, while allowing plenty of sunshine to reach the surface.

“There has been a band of similar weather conditions extending across central parts of Europe, whereas Iberia and parts of Scandinavia have experienced rather wetter conditions.”

THE METRO REPORTED IT THIS WAY:

May 2020 becomes the sunniest calendar month on record

May has become the sunniest calendar month on record in the UK

It has been the sunniest Spring on record for the UK and all the home nations and the driest May on record in England.

626 hours of bright sunshine were recorded in Spring 2020 for the UK and have exceeded the previous high (555 hours, set in 1948) by over 70 hours. Spring 2020 also exceeds the sunshine amount for most summer seasons, with only three summers being sunnier (1976, 1995, and 1989).

The figure for England is even higher. Spring 2020 recorded 696 hours of sunshine, exceeding the previous record set of 594.3 hours

All UK countries have recorded their sunniest spring on record in series stretching back to 1929

It has been the eighth warmest spring on record for the UK, with both England and Wales having their fifth warmest spring on record.

It has been the fifth driest spring for the UK overall, but some counties in north east England and eastern Scotland have recorded their driest spring in a rainfall series from 1862.

Warm weather at the end of May offset cooler conditions earlier in the month, the month was warmer than average but not exceptionally so.

UK, England and Wales also recorded their sunniest May on record (in a series from 1929).

May 2020 has been the sunniest calendar month on record with 266 hours of sunshine, beating the previous record of 265 hours in June 1957.

It has been the driest May in England and second driest in Wales with 9.6mm and 14.3mm respectively, which are both just 17% of the average rainfall for May.

Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre. He said: “The most remarkable aspect is just how much some of the May and Spring records for these climate statistics have been exceeded. Exceeding the UK sunshine record is one thing, but exceeding by over 70 hours is truly exceptional.

“The sunshine figures for spring would even be extremely unusual for summer and only three summers would beat Spring 2020 for sunshine hours.

“The principal reason for the dry and sunny weather is the extended period of high pressure which has been centred over or close to the UK. This has suppressed the development of clouds and rainfall over the UK, while allowing plenty of sunshine to reach the surface. There has been a band of similar weather conditions extending across central parts of Europe, whereas Iberia and parts of Scandinavia have experienced rather wetter conditions.”

Commenting on the relative lack of rainfall, Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director for Environment and Business, Environment Agency, said: “This has been an exceptionally dry spring, we have seen a fall in river flows and reservoir levels. However, at this time most water companies across the country have appropriate water reserves for this time of year.

“We w do our part to use water wisely and manage this precious resource, simple steps such as fitting a trigger to your hose or using a bucket to wash the car or water plants can make a difference.”

Water UK Chief Executive Christine McGourty added: “These are exceptional times and the record-breaking dry weather is a powerful reminder of what a precious, natural resource our water is. With so many people at home and enjoying their gardens, water companies are seeing record demand for water, which can cause issues with water pressure. Working together, we can all make a difference right now, so let’s use water wisely. We need to keep washing our hands, but make other small changes to our water use, for example cutting back on paddling pools and sprinklers, particularly at the peak times in the evening.”

Lovely warm and sunny day again today. I love it.

Our two grandsons sent us a cream tea. Delicious and fantastic it was. This fella turned up with it in a large display cake box and put a portable table up at our front door. He put the box on the table and knocked at the door.

Mamma opened the door and ripped into him saying she did not want to buy his wares. Eventually he got through to her it was a gift from our grandsons and what a gift. Sandwiches, sausage rolls 4 scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. And real strawberries randomly dropped around the various foods. Yummy, yummy.

Want one? It is “Doorstep Afternoon Tea” – Homemade Afternoon Tea Straight To Your Door 07787 138357, Facebook Doorstep Afternoon Tea.

Afterwards we did a four mile walk in the evening sun calling in the Co-op for milk. Next we called at our daughters to thank our grandsons. But they were out. We saw one of them cycling with his dad jogging.

I had finished our grandchildren’s Coronabobs Times mag for this week before we settled to watch TV.

TV: The World’s Most Scenic Railway set me off wanting to travel the French Ligne de Cevennes which looked sensational. And then the unbelievable story of Long-Lost Family: Born without Trace (Part 1). This got 5* it deserved so many more. What a story. What research.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Keep your eye on the prize and use this time to work on yourself.

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…the sunniest Spring ever

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I fancied joining my local rambler’s club, but when I phoned up to ask about membership the guy just went on and on and on…

LOVE IS…

Love is…bringing sunshine to your door

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to let the sunshine soak in…a time to let the rain soak in
  2. A time for the sunniest Spring…a time for the dullest Spring
  3. A time for the driest Spring…a time for the driest Spring
  4. A time for the sunniest May ever…a time for the rainiest May ever
  5. A time for extreme weather…a time for beige weather

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 58        18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 8.757 Feet

HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

                Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,831,821              106,181

2              UK                         279,393                 39,452

3              Italy                      233,515                 33,530

4              Brazil                    555,383                 31,199

5              France                   185,108                 28,889

6              Spain                     239,932                 27,127

7              Mexico                 97,326                   10,637

8              Belgium                58,685                   9,522

9              Germany              184,097                 8,576

10           Iran                       160,696                 8,012

 

UK deaths yesterday 324

 

Global cases         Updated 3 Jun at 12:29 local

Confirmed            6,395,328              +123,751

Deaths                   380,580                 +4,924

Recovered             2,742,306              +44,978

 

 

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