Let’s just admit it, the British summertime peaked in June. And what followed afterwards has predictably been rather grey and gloomy - because, of course, we’re not allowed by law to have two consecutive hot and sunny summers.
Even Met Office data has confirmed that summer 2021 has had the lowest total hours of sunshine in the last ten years.
But the latest Met Office and BBC forecasts predict there will be a mini heatwave next week that will last longer and be hotter than previously thought.
The warm weather is set to commence on Sunday, with Oxford expected to reach highs of 27°C on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the rest of the county will see temperatures of 25°C to 26°C during the week.
Although the hot weather will peak early next week, according to the forecasts, it is expected to stay hot and dry for at least five full days until later in the week when patches of light rain showers and a gentle breeze are forecast.
Make sure to take advantage of the heat next week as, according to the Met Office, the rest of September is set for stormy and unsettled weather, after which, as the spritely Ned Stark observed, ‘Winter is coming.’
Personally, we can’t wait to wheel out the Pimm’s once more this year.