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My Diary/Blog For the Month of August 2022

Sunday 14th August 2022
 08:13 BST
  Yesterday was another very sunny day, and the temperature rose to about 32° C by my reckoning, although the forecast said 33° C.
  another amber
                      warning of extreme heat
  Today's forecast shows a big change compared to recent days. The sunshine will only last until just after midday, and the afternoon will be cloudy. There is still an amber warning for extreme heat, and 32° C is predicted. One change in the latest revision to the forecast is that 2pm is now shown with full sunshine, but at the moment it is predicted to by cloudy after 2pm. Another change to note is the yellow triangle for tomorrow instead of an amber triangle. That is a yellow warning for thunderstorms, and in the latest revision the icon for Monday has changed to falling rain. The temperature tomorrow will be a cooler 28° C, and the rain might start late in the afternoon. No actual times for a thunderstorm are shown.

  Yesterday was a strange day. It was like everything was in slow motion. I guess one factor for this was that I had a lot to say yesterday, including describing all the photos, and after a late start, I didn't finish writing until almost midday. From then on all my plans for the day were carried out late, and I suppose you could say in a leisurely way. The few things that did happen yesterday are described in my complete archived page for today, that also includes the night, and the start of this morning.
Saturday 13th August 2022
 08:56 BST
  Last night was very hot and sticky, but during the day it didn't feel as bad as the "Amber weather warning for extreme heat" suggested it would be yesterday. The temperature did reach the predicted 31° C, but that was mild compared to the 38° C that was reached back in July (or was it June ?).
  another amber
                      warning of extreme heat
  Today may feel a bit hot. The forecast predicts 33° C today, and maybe the amber warning is deserved. I think that a yellow warning would have been good enough for yesterday ! Tomorrow may be the last day of "extreme heat", but only 32° C is predicted. From Monday we can look forward to a sprinkle of rain - maybe on Monday, but more likely on Tuesday or Wednesday.

   I very nearly didn't get out yesterday. It was one of those morning when I didn't seem to stop making visits to the toilet every 30 to 90 minutes to pass yet more poo. I didn't feel confident until I had just missed the train I wanted to get from Catford Bridge to Lewisham. Rather than wait half an hour for the next train that called at Lewisham I opted to get a bus to Lewisham. The rest of my day, with quite a few pictures, can be read about in my complete archived page for today. It includes tales of a hot sweaty night, and my first thoughts this morning.
Friday 12th August 2022
 08:28 BST
  Yesterday definitely felt very warm, or hot if in the sun, but it didn't seem to reach the predicted 31° C. It only managed to reach 30° C in my bedroom after the sun had been shining through the window for most of the afternoon. I don't think it got any higher than 29° C outside in the shade, and possibly as little as 28° C. It didn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary, and I am not sure if it earned it's amber warning for extreme heat.
  another day of
                      possible extreme heat
  Maybe today the weather will earn it's amber extreme heat medal. This morning did start out a good degree higher than yesterday, and so there is more for the sun to build on. If the forecast is correct there will be three hours this afternoon at 31° C.  Tomorrow may see the temperature touch 33° C for possibly as little as a single hour. The day after will be the last day of amber warnings of extreme heat, and it is possible it will start to cool down before sunset with the clouds blocked by clouds from as early as 4pm. The day after that could feature a few hours of rain, or thunderstorms according to the more pessimistic BBC weather forecast.

   I think yesterday can be filed as a quite good day. It was a close run thing, but I think before midday I had finished two important tasks. I had washed two hand towel sized towels, and hung them on the line to dry. I also finished the selecting and editing of the final pictures taken at Petts Wood Calling. Later in the afternoon there was a beer tasting session, all that, plus other stuff is described in my complete archived page for today.
Thursday 11th August 2022
 09:15 BST
  Yesterday was the real build up to today's heatwave. There was loads of hot sunshine all day, the temperature reached 28° C.
                      warning issued for high temperature
  Today is the first day of a run of 4 days where the temperature will rise to above 30° C, although only by a degree or two, and not as hot as the few very hot days we had in June (or was it July ?) when we almost reached 38° C. There was a little bit of hazy early this morning, but now it is full on sunshine for the next couple of days. This coming Sunday will be the changeover point when the sun will be mostly hidden by cloud, and the temperature starts to drop. Monday 15th August might even feature some rain, or a lot of rain, with thunderstorms if the BBC forecast turns out to be correct.

   Most of yesterday seems to be a blur. I washed yet more clothes, and hung them out on the line, in hot sunshine, to dry. I brought them in feeling hot to the touch 5 or so hours later. Of course there was a highlight to the day when I met Angela in the pub during her lunchbreak. Maybe it is because it was hot, or maybe something else, but just recently we don't seem to be so close. There is no magic spark, but it was still very good to see her, and have a couple of pints of refreshing Guinness. The rest of my day, night, and this morning, is described in my complete archived page for today.
Wednesday 10th August 2022
 08:01 BST
  Yesterday was warm and sunny. The forecast temperature was 26° C, but I think it reached 27° C.
  hot and sunny
  The sun was a bit hazy before 8am, and there are a few thin clouds in the sky. I suppose it is possible that this hour could degenerate to sunny spells, but it doesn't seem that likely. The latest revision to the forecast, which starts at 9am, shows non stop sunshine until sunset, and an afternoon high of 27° C. Tomorrow could be same but even hotter. From tomorrow, for the next 4 days. there are weather warnings for extreme heat. Tomorrow and the day after could see the temperature reach 31° C, and the two after that could reach 32° C. Maybe the day after that could feature a splash of rain, but any forecast so far into the future could be very wrong.

   I was, or thought I was, too tired to be very productive. I expect I believed that more than was the actual case. For instance I didn't seem to lack any energy when I went to Tesco in the morning. Before going to Tesco I put some laundry in to soak, and it was still there this morning because I couldn't raise the enthusiasm to finish it. What I did do yesterday is explained more in my complete archived page for today, which also includes my night and this morning.
Tuesday 9th August 2022
 09:34 BST
  Yesterday was not quite as forecast. We started getting dull times, as clouds passed in front of the sun, as early as midday, and the afternoon offered nothing more than sunny spells. It was still warm though. The temperature hit 28° C, and the cloudy sky only allowed it to fall a little during the night.
  sunnier, but
                      maybe not as warm as yesterday
  I think it was at least a degree warmer than 17° C at 8am, and it definitely wasn't sunny.  At that time the whole sky was a milky colour. That high cloud/mist has dispersed now, and it is bright and sunny. The latest revision to the forecast now shows 4pm as sunny spells, but full sunshine is still expected for the rest of the time up to sunset. For all that only 26° C is expected. It seems that the expected heat wave has been put back a bit. Curiously enough, the forecast for tomorrow shows only sunny spells for a few hours, and somehow seems closer to today's reality. By mid morning the sun should be on full power for the rest of the day, but only 27° C is expected. Maybe the day after will see 30° C.

   Yesterday was another slow day, and it wasn't a lot different to the day before. I did manage to get some washing on the line earlier than the day before. By 5 or 6pm it was hot and dry after being dried by the admittedly intermittent sunshine. I think I brought it all in during one of the longer spells of sunshine, and that was why it felt quite hot as I gathered it in off the washing line. It is how I like it to dry. The rest of my day, night, and this morning, is described in my complete archived page for today.
Monday 8th August 2022
 09:01 BST
  Yesterday was another nice sunny day, and it was a degree or two warmer than the day before. The forecast said to expect 26° C, and I think that was about right.
  sunny and
                      warmer than yesterday
  The latest revision to the forecast shows only 5pm as being without sunshine, and from 6pm it could be back to full sunshine. Of course this is mostly nonsense. The forecasters know there will be one big cloud passing through, but can't say it's arrival time, or if it will pass overhead, or towards the north or south of Catford. The temperatures continue to rise as we head into another heatwave. 28° C is expected today. Tomorrow may feature non stop sunshine all day, but surprisingly the temperature may be a degree less than today.

   I don't know if it was a self fulfilling prophecy, but yesterday I was as knackered as I expected to be after my long stint at Petts Wood Calling on Saturday. That's not to say I didn't manage to do anything. I did do a few things, and it seemed like hard work ! Read all about what I did do yesterday, plus how well I slept, and about the start of this morning, in my complete archived page for today.
Sunday 7th August 2022
 09:46 BST
  Yesterday featured some very nice weather. It was sunny for most of the day, and the temperature was a fairly mild 24° C.
  sunny and a
                      bit warmer than yesterday
  This morning was less fresh than yesterday, and it is warming up fast. After a day of non stop sunshine 26° C is expected. It might even get hotter. Tomorrow is currently forecast to be another sunny day with the temperature reaching 27° C.

   If the day before yesterday was the calm before the storm, then yesterday was the storm ! The storm being Petts Wood Calling 2022. It was a great day, but got off to a bad start when I had to wait on Catford station for over half an hour because the train I wanted had been cancelled because no driver was available. The story continues, with quite a few example pictures, on my complete archived page for today, and it covers the whole day, night, and this morning.
Saturday 6th August 2022
 07:32 BST
  Yesterday started out bright and sunny, and it seemed like the start of a nice day, but just as the forecast predicted, the sky started getting cloudy even before midday, and the afternoon was mostly dull. There were still occasional short sunny spells, but they did little to lift the temperature beyond 22° C. With so little sun to warm the place up, the temperature went down to rather chilly overnight.
  The forecast for this morning's temperature is spot on - it was a very chilly feeling 13° C, and hasn't risen much so far, but it should reach 24° C by late afternoon. The latest revision to the forecast shows the full sunshine giving way to sunny spells at 6pm, but they should continue until sunset. The lack of rain may continue to the end of the month ! We seem to be building up to another heatwave at the moment. Tomorrow may feature continuous sunshine, and that may push the temperature up to 26° C. Following days should see small increments until we hit 31° C for maybe 4 days in a row.

   Yesterday could be described as the calm before the storm. I mostly, but not completely, relaxed in an attempt to gather my strength for today - a particularly hectic day that I shall explain further down the page. The one less than relaxing thing I did was to go shopping in Tesco.  I won't get a chance to do any shopping today, and there was stuff I particularly wanted for this evening, and tomorrow. My whole day, or at least the pertinent bits of it, plus my sleep, and the start of this morning, is all recorded in my complete archive page for today.
Friday 5th August 2022
 08:21 BST
  Yesterday started out bright and sunny, but by early afternoon the sky clouded over. There was still an occasional, and short sunny spell later, but generally the afternoon was dull. From a fairly fresh feeling start to the day the temperature rose to about 24 or maybe 25° C by the middle of the afternoon.
  This morning felt particularly fresh with the temperature as low as 15° C, and today it will only rise to 22° C. As I write this the sky is very clear, and we are getting a very long sunny spells - I would call it sunny ! The latest revision to the forecast has a few extra sunny spells compared to the earlier revision seen in the screenshot above. The distribution of them seems a bit random, and I feel sure the forecast is only approximating reality. It is entirely possible that today may feel sunnier than the forecast predicts. On the other hand it might go the other way and one of the clouds might rain on us. Tomorrow may feature clear skies, and non stop sunshine, but it may only be 23° C.

   Yesterday my day was planned around an afternoon beer tasting session with Jodie, but that didn't happen. It is probable the she warned me she would not be coming here yesterday the last time I saw her, a week ago. It was possible it was when I had drunk enough beer to blur my memory. I was still expecting her until almost 4.30pm - that being about the latest she would arrive if there were trouble on the trains for instance. What I did end up doing yesterday, plus another terrible night, and a bit of good-ish news this morning, is all described in my complete archived page for today.
Thursday 4th August 2022
 08:29 BST
  It is hard to describe yesterday's weather....Maybe that it was very warm is a good start. The forecast predicted 26° C, but I saw 30° C on two of my outdoor thermometers. The sunshine was rather intermittent, and the day was generally dull, so it is unlikely those thermometers were hot by any stray sunbeams. It was also another dry day. We seem to be in a prolonged drought now.
  very sunny
  This morning has certainly started with a lot of sunshine, and yet there are quite a few, mostly thin, clouds to be seen in the sky. The only change in the latest revision to the forecast is that now 2pm, which was shown as sunny spells in the screenshot shown above, is now shown as cloudy. Today may be cooler than yesterday with a predicted high of just 24° C this afternoon. It is interesting to note that the BBC weather forecast says sunny spells, and only sunny spells for nearly the whole day. Their temperature forecast is also for 24° C. Tomorrow may feature a bit more sunshine or sunny spells, but it could be a degree cooler than today. Like today, and maybe for the next fortnight, it will be dry.

   I guess yesterday could be said to have been a good day. Certainly seeing Angela at lunchtime was good, but the rest of the day was a bit more neutral. I carried on resting like I was doing the day before. I find there is not a lot to say about yesterday, but maybe there are a few things worth recording. Hmm, it seemed I had quite a bit to say about yesterday, last night, and this morning, and it can all be read in my complete archived page for today.
Wednesday 3rd August 2022
 09:32 BST
  Yesterday was warm and dry. There were occasional sunny periods, and a few time when the sky got very cloudy, but it was the sort of day where nothing really stuck out, or was particularly memorable. Maybe the temperature reaching 26° C was notable, but only in so much that it was a mere 1° higher than recent days.
  dull but warm
  It has been dull all morning, but there is hope for a scattering of sunny spells later in the day. It seems the latest revision to the forecast has just moved the hours around when we might get these sunny spells. That strongly suggests to me that they can't do an accurate forecast because the weather is going to be totally random today. The only strong probability is that there will be no rain again today. The temperature should be 26° C. Tomorrow looks to be very similar to today, but it could be 2° cooler.

   Yesterday could almost have been called a day of rest, but I did go out shopping to Tesco. The dull weather until at least 1pm, had sapped any desire to do much more than that. One trouble of it being a day or rest was that I fancied buying something "nice" from Tesco. (Where "nice" usually means something not good for my health). Despite that I managed to control my food/sugar intake quite well. My full day, night, and this morning, are described in my complete archived page for today.
Tuesday 2nd August 2022
 09:04 BST
  Yesterday was generally dull until late afternoon when there were some nice, but not too frequent sunny spells. It was a warm day, and possibly a low humidity day because 25° C didn't feel hot.
  probably a bit
                      like yesterday
  Apart from a few spells of hazy sunshine this morning, today is probably going to be a slightly better version of yesterday. Today the forecast says the sunny spells may start earlier at 3pm, and maybe the clouds will clear enough to give full sunshine by 5pm. The highest temperature this afternoon should be 26° C. It's funny that after those couple of days we had earlier, where the temperature reached 38° C, 26° C doesn't seem much at all.

   I'm not sure why I was looking forward to a good rest yesterday. After 2 days of Chattfest I was feeling it, although maybe not as much as I could have done if I had stayed for the full set of bands on both days. That would probably have knocked me out. Anyway, yesterday was actually a busy day, and far from a day or rest. As usual, yesterday is more fully described in my complete archive page for today, which also includes last night, and the start of this morning.
Monday 1st August 2022
 08:26 BST
  Yesterday featured a couple of inconsequential light showers. One was just after 1pm, and the other possibly around 7pm. There was also some sunny periods, but much of the day was cloudy. It was still warm, and the temperature reached 24° C, and possibly a bit higher. It felt sticky most of the time, but there was a cooling breeze now and then.
  mostly dull
  I'm sure weather forecasts from a few days ago suggested today could be bright and sunny, but that seems like fantasy. Most the day will be grey, but the clouds may break up late in the afternoon. The latest revision shows the first sunny spells an hour earlier at 3pm compared to the earlier version as seen above. I expect reality to be different, and maybe an improvement on the forecast, although the temperature may still be the forecast 25° C. Tomorrow may feature thinner cloud than today, but once again it may be late afternoon when the sun finally breaks through. It should be very warm with 27° C predicted.

   I had a good time yesterday. However there were a few annoyances. One of the good things is that the buses were not packed when I went to Chattfest for the second and final day. One of the bad things about the bus, and maybe the only bad thing beyond the usual tedium of a long bus ride, was that we had to stop for a very long feeling 5 minutes to "regulate the service". The rest of my day, with pictures and maybe a video if you can play it, plus my night, and the start to this morning are all described in my complete archived page for today.