Now that Autumn has arrived it's time to take stock of the summer's weather which can be summed up in just one word – HOT! So what's new? It's hot every year. Well, on average, the summer panned out to be a little hotter than normal, with mean temperatures a half a degree above the seasonal norm, but fresh in our memory is September which was boiling hot.
Temperatures in the first two weeks of the month were around five degrees warmer than normal and with absolutely no let up. Fantastic if you want to lie on the beach or by the pool roasting to a dark mahogany colour (RAL 8016) in homage to George Hamilton or in preparation for a ballroom dancing comp. Not so good for clothes retailers whose shop windows are full of quilted jackets and scarves!
A quick recap of the summer weather reveals that June was particularly hot, which I don't remember, July and August a little hotter than normal with the odd heatwave thrown in for good measure and September, scorchio. In figures, June's hottest day was the 7th when 38.5 degrees was measured in Soller, and the hottest night was on the 10th August when it was between 23 and 25 degrees with 90% humidity.
Air conditioning was an absolute must on no less than 60 'tropical' nights when it never dropped below 20 on the coast – happily, inland areas where it's cooler at night only experienced 25 steamy nights.
Autumn arrived with a bang with a giant storm and a massive downpour yesterday and more forecast for today. The air has cleared, the temperature has dropped to a really comfortable level and it's safe to go out without a water cooled suit! Forecasters are predicting a slightly warmer than average run in to Christmas with normal rainfall expected, ie the odd shower, so a great time to come to Mallorca on holiday for outdoor and cultural activities as well as the beach.
See you soon?