It has been said that one of the effects of climate change would be that England would become Mediterranean and Italy more tropical; if July 2014 has any relevance we could say that we have had a taste of the future this month.
This week has seen a couple of days and night with torrential rain, thunder storms accompanied by cooler nights than are expected in July but days that are very pleasantly warm (mid to high 20’s °C) I have been calling this my English summer but as Frances at Island Threads pointed out, few English summers are actually as warm as it has been and rarely is the rain torrential usually more gentle over a longer period. So although many Italians are feeling very cheated by not having a summer this year a few secretly are enjoying the fact that it is cool enough to sleep at night and if you are working it is far more pleasant. Even at the beach it is much more pleasant when there is a slight breeze rather than the intense heat that saps all one’s strength.
It is always difficult to attribute one good/bad year to climate change as there is always and has always been quite large variations in the weather year on year. But I do think the seasons are no longer as well defined as they once were. Would I mind if every year was like this one? No certainly not, a mild winter and spring with plenty of summer rain would be perfect but I don’t expect next year to be the same. How would you feel about a long term change in the weather? Have you noticed long term changes or just yearly variations?