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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

    October really hasn't felt remotely like an Autumn month this year, here, anyway. Apart from that windy day the other day which was very fun!

     

    What's really striking is the strength of the sun for the time of year. Interestingly, I saw an article yesterday informing that a sunspot 11 times the size of Earth has been discovered on the surface of the sun, now obviously this won't lead to increased solar strength, probably the opposite if I'm correct?

     

    But out with the dog earlier, the sun felt VERY warm, akin to something you'd expect in April, not October. My question is, is the sun usually this warm this time of year as we're quickly approaching November, or is it due to the air temperature itself magnifying how it feels on the skin?

     

    Could this impact the type of Winter we have this year?

     

    Discuss!  :drinks:

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  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

    Almost certainly due to the warm temperatures I would have thought.

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

    Almost certainly due to the warm temperatures I would have thought.

     

    That said though, it's only 13C out there, we can easily achieve that in December 

    17C down south, not bad today.

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  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.
  • Weather Preferences: Summer:sunny, some Thunder,Winter:cold & snowy spells,Other:transitional
  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.

    Warm seas and less radiation from the land perhaps could be another aspect, maybe? I don't pretend to know anything about that but given the readings someone posted up in the MOD thread a while back, every region in the world was experiencing Temperatures averaged out, well above normal for October. The Arctic region with an anomaly of nearly 4c above the October norm. Something's clearly up. 

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  • Location: Medway - 125m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Hot summers, snowy winters and thunderstorms!
  • Location: Medway - 125m ASL

    I dunno but I recall days when it has been freezing in temperature but actually felt the warmth of the sun on my skin in the right spot.

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    In the midlands, the sun feels strong almost all year long, even in the first half of November/ second half of January it feels warm, it does markedly cool down by December though and by Christmas the sun is very weak, but the window for that is very small from like late November to late January if that.

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  • Location: Broxbourne, Herts
  • Weather Preferences: Snow snow and snow
  • Location: Broxbourne, Herts

    It's getting to that time of year in the office when we no longer bother shouting out to those seen sloping off  a tad early "Be careful out there...make sure you've got some sun cream on..."

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

    It's getting to that time of year in the office when we no longer bother shouting out to those seen sloping off  a tad early "Be careful out there...make sure you've got some sun cream on..."

    Hahaha, sun's too weak here from about mid-September for any kind of burn/tan.

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

    It's November 5th, it's 9C and I've never felt the sun this warm this late on in the year. It really feels like early spring and it's only 9C & solar noon isn't for another hour. What's going on?!

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    It's November 5th, it's 9C and I've never felt the sun this warm this late on in the year. It really feels like early spring and it's only 9C & solar noon isn't for another hour. What's going on?!

    Nothing

    I remember going for a walk Christmas Eve 2008 in glorious sunshine and feeling warm in the sun even though the thermometer suggested it wasn't that warm.

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  • Location: Near King's Lynn 13.68m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Hoar Frost, Snow, Misty Autumn mornings
  • Location: Near King's Lynn 13.68m ASL

    It's November 5th, it's 9C and I've never felt the sun this warm this late on in the year. It really feels like early spring and it's only 9C & solar noon isn't for another hour. What's going on?!

     

    That's why thermometers are read in the shade. From Ahrens: 

     

    "It is impossible to measure air temperature accurately in direct sunlight because the thermometer absorbs radiant energy from the sun in addition to energy from the air molecules."

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  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    It's November 5th, it's 9C and I've never felt the sun this warm this late on in the year. It really feels like early spring and it's only 9C & solar noon isn't for another hour. What's going on?!

     

    I agree - my workplace got very warm yesterday, which it usually struggles to do when it's <10C outside even with the heating on (and the heating was off yesterday). I think the lack of wind played a part, but the sun coming in through the windows felt stronger than usual for the time of year and that was the biggest factor.

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  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: wintry
  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL

    Nothing

    I remember going for a walk Christmas Eve 2008 in glorious sunshine and feeling warm in the sun even though the thermometer suggested it wasn't that warm.

     could also be to do with humidity....or lack of

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