Hoping for an Indian Summer to Fend Off Central Heating Blues?

Friday, 20 September 2013

A glance at the calendar proves what our senses are telling us – September is here, and many people will have already glanced nervously at the central heating wondering how soon is too soon, or have rifled through the wardrobe for an extra layer.

There is a chance, though, that all thoughts of woolly jumpers, scarves, hot water bottles and piping hot radiators are a little premature. Weather forecasters are widely predicting that an Indian Summer could be on the cards, giving us a pleasant end to a hot summer before the chill of winter kicks in. So, what exactly is an ‘Indian Summer’ and how will we know if we’re having one?

• According to the BBC, an Indian summer only takes places when a warm spell occurs after a sharp frost – so is usually associated with the period between late September and mid November.
• The most recent Indian summer in the UK occurred in 2011 – which also saw a record temperature for October set at 29.9°C (86°F).
• The highest November temperature on record was way back in 1938, when the mercury topped 21.1°C (70°F) in Essex.
• The term ‘Indian Summer’ only took off in the UK in the 20th century. Prior to that, a warm autumnal spell was known as ‘St Martin’s summer’ – a reference to St Martin’s day, which takes place on November 11th.

If you’ve already resorted to switching on the central heating, however, then you will no doubt appreciate just how important a functioning boiler is when temperatures take a serious downturn.

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