Bring me Sunshine

Bring me Sunshine

Weather is on my mind at the moment as I think I’m suffering from the lack of sunlight here in the UK.

This is a problem they don’t have in Cyprus in fact they have the opposite. In the summer months, July ,August & September, the temperature soars and can vary, depending on where you are, inland or coastline, between low thirties to well into the forties in Lefkosia. In the Troodos mountains of course it is a more bearable temperature and this is where I would flee to in the summer, if I had to live in Cyprus all year round.

Here in the UK, back to reality, I like my summer to be summer with a good temperature of at least mid twenties and above. We, sadly, have had miserable temperatures this year so far on average in the mid teens if we are lucky and a very poor showing of sunshine. If it goes on like this, we will reach winter without having topped up on our much needed energy boost.

It is a proven fact that lack of sunlight affects our mood and our bodily health as it provides us with vitamin D. Many foreigners who come to live in the UK from extremely hot countries, suffer from the lack of vitamin D and have to supplement their diet to counteract this. We natives just get grumpy!

I, of course am tempting fate by writing this. It was only a few months ago that we had talk of a drought. There had been a series of very dry winters with less than average rainfall leaving our rivers and reservoirs bereft of the normal levels of water. There was talk of hose-pipe bans and the possibility that our households would be cut off from water entirely and stand pipes being erected in our streets. The result? Well we have been deluged with rain ever since and widespread flooding has occurred. The water levels surprise, surprise are now back to normal, but rather puzzlingly, we are still on drought alert!!!!!

I wonder if this little blog will have the same effect on the sun? Apparently the reason we are experiencing this rather unseasonal weather is due to the jet stream being stuck much further South than is normal, get on up here JS and behave!!