The thermometer has been hovering in the high twenties for what seems like ages. After a long winter the warm sunshine has come as a relief, but with it comes new potential problems – sunburn, heat exposure and moorland fires. Please remember to have plenty of fluids with you, use your sun-block wisely, and do not start any camp-fires or barbecues. Fires can smoulder long after you think they have been extinguished so best advice is not to have one….. The ground is exceptionally dry in places and getting more like concrete as the season continues.
Well, the New Year has arrived and I can’t quite believe how quickly the last one passed. The local weather is what you might call “all over the place” – with relatively mild interludes punctuating some heavy snow and sharp frosts. Windy as well. And very very wet. So there are lots of soft verges, potholes masquerading as puddles, fallen branches and dark mornings and nights to be aware of. Please “see and be seen” when out and about and keep an eye out for potentially vulnerable members of the community.
Clocks have been put back an hour so the darker evenings are with us. Please take extra care and make sure you can be seen when out and about, especially if walking or cycling down the many narrow country lanes. There are lots of leaves making surfaces tricky, and the roads have some very soft verges. We’ve had our first proper frost of the season as well. On the plus side, we’ve also had some spectacular sunrises over mist-filled valleys – gorgeous.