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Old 10-11-04, 10:09 AM
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Getting accurate English weather while touring

I'm still planning my Southwestern England tour for October 2005. I just checked the MET office for Swindon and it's going to be 2C tonight.

Made me think that I should be planning on sourcing an accurate 5 day forcast so I can plan my B&Bs for the cold nights and camp the rest.

I'm on a bike, my cell phone doesn't work in the UK and I rarely find papers and I usually don't listen to radio. Further, I can go for days without talking to anyone. Any ideas on how I can find an accurate forcast for my trip? The delivery system should be as pragmatic and I am.
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Old 10-11-04, 11:21 AM
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You could try asking people. It seems to be our no. 1 topic of conversation.
Any village shop will sell local newspapers.
I'd recomend a small fm radio for picking up Radio4 news and weather (at 5mins to the hour)

Failing all of the above, there is a rich tradition of weather lore, using the birds and the bees as indicators.
https://www.geocities.com/traditions_uk/folklore.html

The 5 day forecast is not really that accurate. 3 day ones are much better. The main problem is not forecasting what the weather will be, but trying to fnd out where it will be.
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Old 10-12-04, 01:06 AM
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In my experience "accurate English weather" is an oxymoron. Doubt this helps .

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Have a 5 day weather forecast section, it is reasonably good - but Juha's right, getting accurate English weather is virtually impossible!
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Old 12-18-04, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Frodocious
https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Have a 5 day weather forecast section, it is reasonably good - but Juha's right, getting accurate English weather is virtually impossible!

you know what they say...no such thing as bad weather....just inappropriate clothing...lol...hope you have a safe and happy trip
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Old 12-19-04, 04:08 PM
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The weather will change wildly and frequently - that's why we talk about it all the time.

Stick to the BBC (Radio 4 or Radio 5) or the BBC website if you really want forecasts.

Due to some amazing foresight by this Government, most local libraries have a bank of on-line computers(free!). You can usually get on in the mornings and during school term-times. The BBC website gives detailed local forecasts.

Imho newspapers are no good at all for forecasts. Printed long ago and in some distant city.

Where are you going in the South-West?? And when? Many, many very beautiful areas but can be hilly, especially on the Cornish coast - nothing comes for free. Invest in some quality rain gear and forget messing about with forecasts; they'll be inaccurate anyway. Just look at the sky and smell the breeze.
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Old 12-19-04, 04:16 PM
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Here is your (mostly accurate) English weather forcast.


Every day will be cold and rainy with an occassional partly cloudy day just to give the locals something to talk about. Every few years the sun will appear just long enough to scare small children that have never seen it before.
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Originally Posted by HunterBee
Here is your (mostly accurate) English weather forcast.


Every day will be cold and rainy with an occassional partly cloudy day just to give the locals something to talk about. Every few years the sun will appear just long enough to scare small children that have never seen it before.
Utter nonsense. Don't believe a word. What time of year are you coming?
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It was meant to be humorous, phil. Sorry you missed that. Maybe you have been deprived of sunlight for too long :-)
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Where are you going in the South-West?? And when? Many, many very beautiful areas but can be hilly, especially on the Cornish coast - nothing comes for free. Invest in some quality rain gear and forget messing about with forecasts; they'll be inaccurate anyway. Just look at the sky and smell the breeze.
I've now finished the Sustrans Southwest way and planning the Thames Severn route. I have all the proper gear - I've been touring for years but I have a bit of a problem with the predictablity of English weather. I've been doing a weather log for Swindon for the past 6 months. In November there was one week when the high was 0C and several days later 10C. My major concern of course is the speed and direction of the wind. I planned the Corwall Devon trip well and usually had the wind to my back. Do you have any local knowledge of this area? It seems that most of the strong winds come out of the west.

Here in my part of Canada when the wind is out of the north;it's cold. Wind out of the west;fair, out of the south; hot (warm) and out of the east; rain or snow. That's why I'm looking for a local with weather savy. You might know of them, there are the old lads of the village who can usually tell you when to harvest. I realise England is not the agrarian society it once was but I need some local knowledge.

Thanks for your interest.

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Old 12-28-04, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by stokell
I've been doing a weather log for Swindon for the past 6 months. In November there was one week when the high was 0C and several days later 10C. My major concern of course is the speed and direction of the wind. I planned the Corwall Devon trip well and usually had the wind to my back. Do you have any local knowledge of this area. It seems that most of the strong winds come out of the west.
I've never cycled the South West but know it well from non-cycling holidays over the past 40 years. The Cornish coast is stunning (as is inland Cornwall) but LOTS of steep short hills. Wherever a stream or river reaches the sea you'll find an attractive steep-sided valley in the granite areas with a drop and climb to match. It's a great area to explore, you can't go wrong except avoid Newquay unless you are under 25. What areas are you planning to visit?

I'd seriously forget this weather worrying! Our weather is just not made the way yours is! The Swindon stats are utterly normal and nearer the coast the rain and wind is even more unpredictable. Some locals will be helpful with advice but carry a good rainjacket anyway, always. You'll love it anyway.
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Hi

Unless you are really keen on camping I would not really consider camping in England buring October. Whatever the days might be like the nights will be cold. B&B can be obtained for between 20/25 per night and it will be well worth it.

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Unless you are really keen on camping I would not really consider camping in England buring October. Whatever the days might be like the nights will be cold. B&B can be obtained for between 20/25 per night and it will be well worth it.
I stealth (wild) camp in a hammock tent, so I won't be on the damp, cold ground. I'm comfy down to 0C here in Canada. I do use B&B's every few days or when I need to dry out and have a warm bath.

Now, about the weather...
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