July

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It’s the second half of 2009. Next week, the BBC Proms get going and the Prommers come out of retirement for the best part of two months. How will the weather fare? Will we have “the hottest day since records began”? Or will it be another damp squib like last year? All concerts are broadcast live, of course, on BBC Radio 3.

Apparently, the hottest day since records began was August 10 2003, when the mercury hit 38.5°C in Faversham, Kent.

Hot weather is very bad for my health and well-being, and, quite apart from that, I cannot listen to music so well with the windows open. Fortunately it rarely lasts long.

I do think it is irresponsible of TV newsreaders and weatherpersons to talk as if everyone loves hot weather, especially when there is official concern about its effects on many people’s health.

The last two summers were much more to my taste, though I commiserate with those who experienced the flooding.

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