Little Bowden amateur forecaster predicts spring and summer weather

Amateur forecaster Joyce Dunkley has made her latest set of predictions for the spring and summer
Amateur forecaster Joyce Dunkley has made her latest set of predictions for the spring and summer

Amateur forecaster Joyce Dunkley has made her latest set of predictions for the spring and summer.

And a possible hose-pipe ban might be in the offing.

Miss Dunkley, of Little Bowden, makes her prognostications based on 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 twice-yearly studies.

Miss Dunkley, who has been undertaking the surveys for decades, predicts the coming months will be dry and warm, with a warning that we may be short of water.

She says this month will bring a few showers, but will be mainly dry, with misty mornings and cool.

Next month will have a few sunny weeks, with little wind and mainly dry and warm.

June will be warm and pleasant but more cloudy in the last week of the month.

July will bring some very warm days, and will be dry and humid, but mainly dry.

For August, there will be more unsettled weather than earlier in the year, with a chance of thunderstorms.

Finally, September will have quite a few breezy weeks, and will be cooler with some wet spells.