"Scorching summer": time to travel or invest in cooling gadgets

9 July 2009

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/705/15499901englishsummer48.jpgWe've had an interesting week; the weather has cooled off in recent days from scorching heatwave to tropical-like thunderstorms, and clear blue skies fluctuating with dark clouds and biting winds.

But the summer is not over yet.

56 year old UK weatherman John Kettley, who has teamed up with EasyJet, predicts that the "sizzling" summer is to continue into August, as mercury rises to the 30s - and may even extend into early Autumn.

The weather analysis was done on a computer to predict the best time for sun worshippers to go on holiday (with Easyjet, obviously). “The first three weeks in July are likely to be much more changeable and considerably cooler, with rain at times, so it could be a wise move to jet off sooner rather than later.”

For those waiting for the next magic spell to down a pint under a chestnut tree, John predicts that this weekend (July 11-12) and next weekend (18-19) are good times to go away, while August will have some very good days.

But this is good news for those of us who will still be stuck in the UK. Question is, would the unusually warm summer makes investing in an air conditioner or a good old fan worth the money?

If you think so, a few folks over at HUKD have done the legwork for you. Here are 2 of the best deals on a couple of summertime apparatus.

The first find is an air conditioner at less than half its regular price: this portable air conditioner from Argos for £99.99, (was £274.19). P&P is free if you order something from the bedding department and enter the proper discount code. Even though the unit is described as "portable", a 12,000 BTU air conditioner delivered free is a good deal. (Thanks to HUKD reader Shadowdogg)

Secondly, if recession-era personal budgets are limiting you to a nice fan this summer, well, once again, HUKD comes through for you. You can get a 16 inch Matsui fan on a stand in white for £8.99 delivered from Dixons. You could run the thing for months without an appreciable increase in your electric bill, and often times a decent fan plus an open window give you enough of a cross current to deal with the heat. (For this super hot deal, we can thank HUKD reader clairparker30.)

Anyway, this is good news all around. For those who get to nip away, have fun. Maybe we shouldn't postpone our BW annual summer retreat, after all. Hey, at least we have a little influence over the weather indoors...


  • The B.
    You bastards, you've got that stuck in my head now. John Kettley is a weatherman John Kettley is a weatherman and so is Micheal Fish and so is Micheal Fish
  • Andy D.
  • i k.
    Bugger me, always thought it was someone like Half Man Half Biscuit sung that, everyday is a learning experience. Stuck in my head now.......Bastards
  • swampy_donkey
    Just to point out that Matsui fan is also at currys for the same price or maybe £1 less, if you needed one in a hurry

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