The headline of the third quarter of 2018 is that the UK continues to be sluggish but going in the right direction. There is no question, the economy needs a pickup soon to place itself on a stronger footing ahead of a rising probability of another recession in the near future.
A sunny October resulted in wide temperature ranges leading to cold nights and the first frosts of the autumn.
I thought August was unremarkable but September was even more boring!
Meteorologists define summer in the UK to be the period from June to August so summer is now over and we are officially in autumn. The 2018 summer was the joint hottest on record and in doing so blew apart my prediction that we would have to wait till next year for our next good summer!
The headline of the second quarter of 2018 is the lowest unemployment rate since 1975. Economic Inactivity continues to be at record lows, inflation is falling and the budget deficit is shrinking. However, GDP growth continues to be sluggish which means our pay is stagnating and we have record levels of debt to pay off. History tells us that the odds of another recession soon will rise from now on so there is still a need to change the state of our economy.
After 3 months of hot, dry and sunny weather, the UK returned to normal in August with a completely unremarkable month.
The UK is on course for its best summer since 2006 following a hot, dry and bright July.
[Read more…] about UK Weather Tracker #18 – July 2018
I hope you enjoyed the least rainy June on record! It was also the third warmest and fifth sunniest June on record.
[Read more…] about UK Weather Tracker #17 – June 2018
Meteoologists define spring in the UK to be the period from March to May so spring is now over and we are officially in summer. The 2018 spring was very sunny but this hides the fact that our spring climate has changed quite notably over the last 25 years.
I hope you enjoyed the sunniest May on record! It was also the second warmest May on record though the Met Office chose to sow confusion by claiming it was the warmest on record.
[Read more…] about UK Weather Tracker #16 – May 2018