Birmingham is a real summer hotspot according to the Met Office – but we also have our fair share of thundery downpours. Here’s their top tips to help you weather whatever Mother Nature brings
According to Met Office statistics, the average summer maximum temperature in the West Midlands is 20.9C, which is 1C higher than the UK-wide figure. It’s a similar story with the West Midlands’ average number of sunshine hours through the summer, with an average of just over six hours of sunshine a day, compared to the UK figure of five-and-a-half hours.
However, the West Midlands gets its fair share of rain in the summer months, with an average of 195mm of rain falling in the region, often in the form of thundery downpours. With a typically British mix of weather for Birmingham, what can you do now to prepare for the summer weather?
Get ready to get active
If you’re heading out and about to get active, make sure you have the equipment you need to stay safe in the weather. That could be a water bottle, sunscreen or even some wet weather gear.
Check your house and garden
Summer doesn’t mean your house is immune from stormy weather. Think about checking things like gutters and the roof, to prepare them for any potential severe weather and ensure there are no blockages. If strong winds are forecast, remember to secure movable garden items including trampolines and garden furniture.
Be prepared for hot weather, pollen and UV
The Met Office website or app can keep you up-to-date with the latest pollen and UV forecasts before heading out. In hot weather, try to avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day and make sure you have sunscreen, water and a hat.
Take the worry out of summer storms
Put some basic supplies, including a torch and battery-powered charger, in a bag in case of severe weather. Make sure you keep key documents and essentials in an easy to access place in case there is a power cut.
Check your vehicle is ready for summer outings
Vehicles are often prone to cooling-related faults in the summer months, so make sure to check your car is ready for the weather by checking the coolant and oil levels, as well as keeping an eye on your tyres and screen wash.
Look out for those around you
Some people are more vulnerable in times of severe weather so take some time to look out for others in your community, especially older people, young children, babies and those with health risks.