So much for an Indian summer – September in Sheffield was the coldest for more than 20 years, according to new data.
Figures from the Museums Sheffield weather station at Weston Park reveal the monthly mean temperature was 12.7C – the lowest since 1994 when temperatures averaged at 12.3C.
Temperatures also failed to rise above 20.3C – which is also the lowest since 1994.
But across the country forecasters have predicted an Indian summer, with warmer temperatures expected to last until late autumn.
It follows last year, when Halloween in October was the warmest for an incredible 132 years as temperatures reached 18.8C.
However one thing was better than average about the September weather in Sheffield. There was just 25.2mm of rainfall, compared to the September average of 63mm.
The dry month meant events such as Whirlow Hall Farm’s fayre and other community shows attracted bumper crowds and were a roaring success.
For early October, forecasters are predicting higher-than-average temperatures because of warm air coming in from the continent.
In Hathersage, the village’s outdoor swimming pool is to stay heated through October for the first time in its 80-year history.
Hathersage Parish Council has agreed the extension of the season, which normally finishes in September.
“The extended season means winter will seem a lot shorter this year,” said one swimmer.
The weather is expected to turn more autumnal later in the month with other forecasts predicting it will be the coldest winter for 50 years.
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