Better late than never- six days of sun for Calderdale

Cooper Harrison, two, on a swing in the sunshine at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.
Cooper Harrison, two, on a swing in the sunshine at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

WE’RE only days away from October, but suddenly it’s summer.

Calderdale is in for a mini-heatwave, with six days of continuous sun forecast. The Indian summer will see temperatures soar as high as 25C – that’s hotter than Barcelona.

The autumn warmth is being caused by areas of high pressure drifting northwards across Europe, resulting in sun across most parts of the UK. And after our fairly gloomy summer, Calderdale businesses are gearing up for the next sunny few days.

Staff at Royd Ices in Mytholmroyd are preparing themselves for an increase in sales thanks to the unprecedented warmth.

John from Royd Ices said: “Obviously the summer holidays are when you want the good weather but you can have good weather at any time of the year and we expect to see an increase in demand.

“We’re often promised a good weather so we just hope it comes.”

Tony Yumushak, manager of La Luna cafe on Westgate in Halifax, said: “It’s fantastic for September and we’re looking forward to people sitting outside, drinking coffee, sipping wine and having lunch, and hopefully the lovely weather will mean that can happen.”

Some school children could also reap the benefits of the glorious weather too.

Head teacher of Ash Green Community Primary school, Mungo Sheppard, said: “We always try to embrace the weather and if it does turn out nicely we’ll try and get some classes outside in the sunshine. We already have some lovely outdoor areas and hopefully the weather is nice enough to use them.”

Calderdale Council Safer and Stronger Technical Officer Mark Dempsey said he hoped people would get out an enjoy the sun.

“We have seven Green flag parks across Calderdale and residents should take the opportunity during this good weather spell to visit our parks and green spaces,” he said.

Paul Hudson, the BBC’s Look North weather presenter, told the Courier: “As warm autumn snaps go it’s quite a good one.

“We’ve had them before, in 1995 and 2006, but this one will be similar to the temperatures we saw in October 1985, when they hit 27.5 degrees.

“I don’t think it’ll get quite that warm this time, but it will feel very pleasant, with bright skies from Wednesday through into the weekend.”