Look After Your Autumn Plants As Indian Summer Arrives
Green-fingered Brits might have to attend to their plants even more this week, after warnings have been issued about unusually warm weather.
The Met Office has revealed the UK will be hit by a late heatwave, with temperatures reaching 25C in some parts of the country over the next few days.
This Indian Summer could lead to the hottest October day for seven years, as the last time Britain enjoyed an autumnal heatwave was in 2011 when the mercury levels reached 23.6C.
It is thought the sharp change in weather is the result of a tropical storm moving towards Britain from the mid-Atlantic.
Steven Keates, a Met Office forecaster, told the public: “A nice spell of weather is starting, with warm tropical maritime air coming from the Canary Islands and the Azores.”
Temperatures will peak on Wednesday (October 10th) and Thursday this week, staying warm for the weekend in most places
Forecaster for the Weather Outlook Brian Gaze told The Sun: “It’s summer’s last hurrah, with Indian Summer-style weather through mid-October shown on computer models.”
Therefore, it could be a chance for people up and down the country to enjoy their gardens this weekend and bask in the warm weather.
Indeed, Mr Gaze added: “Don’t put the BBQ away!.”
However, while most of us will be glad to see some sunshine after a few weeks of cooler weather, this out-of-season rise in temperature could wreak havoc on plants and flowers.
While summer blooms have mostly disappeared now, gardeners will be looking after their autumn and winter flowers, including dahlias, begonias, gladioli, and crocuses. As these will not be used to dry, hot conditions, it is important that homeowners take extra care of their flowers this weekend by giving them more water and shielding them from too much sunshine.
Following the heatwave, Britain could be struck by more out-of-character weather in the way of Storm Callum. This will see the balmy evenings of this weekend replaced with torrential downpours and winds of up to 80mph.
Storm Callum will be caused by a low-pressure system, which will particularly affect coastal regions and north-west Scotland.
The gale could be so strong in some areas of the country that the Met Office’s chief forecaster Andy Page said: “There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris.”
He added that damage could be caused to buildings, such as tiles being blown off roofs.
Therefore, anyone with weak fences or gates should get an expert to look at their fencing in Somerset before Storm Callum arrives by the end of the week to ensure their structures are secure and will not be further damaged by the strong gusts.
As well as fast winds, Storm Callum could cause significant flooding in some parts of the UK. Indeed, 100 mm of rain could fall on higher ground and a yellow warning has been issued for Northern Ireland, and several parts of Scotland, so residents should be careful if Storm Callum makes an appearance.