Amateur weather forecaster Joyce Dunkley has made her latest set of predictions for the spring and summer seasons.
Miss Dunkley, of Little Bowden, makes her prognostications based on intensive observations at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes – the two days each year when the sun lies exactly above the Earth’s equator.
Using ancient folklore factors such as the colour of the sun as it rises, wind, rain, light and even the positions in which field mice have dug their holes play a part in her studies.
Miss Dunkley, who has been undertaking the surveys for decades, predicts that we can expect a summer that is very warm, windy and dry.
According to her latest findings, April will be breezy with a few showers but not too cold while May will likely feature frosts in the first two weeks, but warmer later and windy.
She says June should be warm, sunny and very pleasant but still breezy.
July will be very warm and dry – the only rain may be from thunderstorms - and August will be hot, humid and thundery.
Finally, she concludes that September will be disappointing, with rain during the latter half of the month.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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