Thursday, 21 May 2020

Lockdown Day 59 - Crazy Days for Plants

It was only six days ago that the weather forecasts were correct and we had a frost with the early morning temperature falling to -0.4°C or 31.3°F. Now, only six days on and the forecasts were correct again as we had our hottest day of the year with the temperature hitting 29.3°C (84.7°F) late on Wednesday afternoon.
Temperature Records 14 - 20 May 2020
I can't remember having such a week before with a frost and then such an extremely hot day so close together. Wednesday was just 0.3°C (0.5°F) from making it into my list of the top twenty hottest days. That list doesn't include any days in May. The previous highest temperature I've recorded in May was  28.8°C (83.8°F) on 07 May 2018.
Last Wednesday I was deciding if I should water plants in the greenhouse or keep them on the dry side with a frost forecast. This Wednesday, in the greenhouse it was more of a challenge to stop plants drying out in the hot sunshine.
If the forecasts are correct though it is just one hot day with temperatures reverting to more normal May temperatures on Thursday. What is in doubt from the weather models is if the breakdown of the hot weather will result in any thunderstorms. Some rain would be very welcome.

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