Britons bask in glorious weather

Thursday 29th Sep 2011 by theWeather Club

As most of the UK is treated to temperatures well above the seasonal average, plants and trees in London's Kew Gardens are finding it hard to adjust. It seems that the unseasonably warm temperature which is expected to continue for several more days, have tricked large numbers of vegetation into thinking it is spring again. Having just had a cool wet period –our traditional summer Fayre – now followed by a hot sunny spell it is hardly surprising.

Apart from the belated sunbathing opportunities that many are embracing with unabashed glee, it seems that this late burst of summer may well also bless us with a glorious Autumn. According to Dr Tim Entwistle, Botanist at Kew Gardens, it is all because of sugar. “Because of the hot spell, the chlorophyll in leaves is going to break down much more quickly than it normally would” Dr. Entwistle told the BBC. “It means that we are going to get oranges and golden yellows that are much brighter than normal.”

He continued that because of the hot weather the leaves will produce a lot more sugar as part of the photosynthesis process than they normally would at this time of the year. It is these sugars that produce the rich red colours that can make autumn landscapes so spectacular. With these increased sugar levels present as the temperatures start to drop and the trees begin to turn, we could be in for some really glorious reds as the season progresses.

So as well as digging out the long abandoned beach body, it might be an idea to dust down your camera as well. However if the photographic muse does not grab you, a visit to the local woods should be at least in your future plans. Mother Nature just might be preparing a display that will live with you for many years to come.