Blimey for an old codger, like me, that's a long time.
The weather has certainly been strange in many parts of the world of late and not least in the UK.. Returning to the UK from a Menorcan vacation on September 30, 2011, the UK was sizzling in glorious sunshine with temperatures around the 30 degree mark. Not typical autumn weather by a long shot but not totally alien. However temperature records were broken in the UK over that weekend.
We have all gotten used to hearing and reading gloomy weather predicitons, which are blamed on mankind's damage to the environment. Although these days some people are sceptical about this, common sense tells you our behaviour on this planet is not "environmentally friendly".
This earth of ours has continued to spin and survive through all our wars, experiements, inventions and changes. One day it will expire but that should be a long way off. Some now say that these changes are just part of the World's ever changing cycles and patterns of weather.
Scientists have predicted that a severe cold spell could hit the UK by the end of October, if not before. It is also envisaged that the record low temperature recorded in the UK last year, that of -20 degrees, will be broken. Scientists are putting the blame for these potential weather changes down to a disruptive weather pattern called La Nina. It occurs every few years and tends to cause problems.
So the advice must be to stock up of winter warming foods and clothes now. Once the demand is high, for items such as Wellington Boots to wear and Porridge to eat, prices will sky rocket.
Keeping warm and fit will be vital, especially for older citizens. If you think your energy bills will be too high consider changing providers. Remember there are agencies out there willing and able to help you cope with keeping warm in winter and they will offer constructive advice into the bargain.
For now it is a case of "least said soonest mended".